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Disney Theatrical Licensing

Licensing 101 - A Step-by-Step Guide to Putting on a Show

You're ready to license a show!

Licensing is the process of acquiring the performance rights to a show. A license is legally required to produce a Disney musical, whether you’re a school group or a professional theater.

Learn what it takes to license your own Disney musical! Whether you’re a seasoned director or it’s your first time putting on a show, this guide will lead you through the licensing process with ease.
  1. Step 1

    Find the Disney show that’s right for you.

    Browse through the many musicals available by clicking here. View featured shows, all shows, or shows created just for elementary schools, middle schools, amateur and professional companies.

    Why license a show?

    • It’s the only way to legally perform a copyrighted Disney musical, and ensures your group does not violate the Federal Copyright Law.
    • A license provides you the full script, score and other materials necessary for putting on the show.
  2. Step 2

    Create an MTI account.

    Before you can apply for a license, you will need to set up an official account with Music Theatre International. This process requires a little bit of paperwork and may take a few days, so you should consider creating your account as soon as you starting thinking about producing a show.

    Set Up Your Account on the MTI Site

    What is Music Theatre International?

    Music Theatre International (or MTI) is the dramatic licensing agency through which Disney licenses the performances rights to our musicals. Once you begin the licensing process, MTI will be your go-to source for information and assistance.

  3. Step 3

    Request a full show license.

    You’ve picked the perfect show, you’ve created your MTI account – now it’s time to request your license. It can take up to two weeks to process your request, so be sure to leave plenty of time. Click below to get started on the MTI website. You can request your license online or use printed forms.

    Request Your License on the MTI Site

    What is a perusal script?

    If you can’t decide which show you’d like to license, consider ordering perusal scripts. MTI will send you full scripts to read and help you make your decision. Click here to request a perusal script (or two!) from the MTI website.

  4. Step 4

    Sign your license and pay any fees.

    MTI will send you a license that outlines your agreement up to two weeks after you submit your application. Sign the license and send it back to MTI – and be sure to include any required licensing fees.

    What am I paying for?

    MTI may request fees to cover artist royalties, material rentals and a security deposit in case of damage to any materials. MTI takes into account the size of your audience, ticket prices, and other information in determining your licensing fee. Because every situation is different, there is no set list of fees.

  5. Step 5

    Explore your show materials.

    MTI will provide you everything you need to produce your Disney musical. Disney JR. and Disney Kids titles receive a ShowKit that includes kid-friendly scripts, a Director’s Guide, a piano/vocal score, fully orchestrated rehearsal and performance CDs, a choreography DVD, and a family guide to theatre.

    Now it’s time to put on the show!

    If you have any questions during the process, we encourage you to contact an MTI representative who will be happy to help. Break a leg!