Public Domain

Many of the works we provide are freely available on IMSLP or to download on the internet. Where we have transcribed a work which is used in our lessons, or to download from one of our websites, this work has been verified that it is a public domain copy and the source website is quoted on the front sheet of the work.


Any work that is not in the public domain will require purchasing, either through the Academy, this website or via any reputable online provider. Should we have a work in our library a student of our Academy is welcome to loan the book for a period however for examinations and competitions we recommend a copy of the book in purchased or authorisation is obtained from the relevant board that a public domain, original copy, print out is acceptable.


When works enter the public domain. Generally speaking, artworks fall out of copyright and enter the public domain in the UK 70 years after the death of the artist.

For more information see this factsheet on DACS. DACS is a flagship organisation that campaigns for artists’ rights, championing their sustained and vital contribution to the creative economy.



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