Frequently Asked Questions


We want you to be satisfied with your purchase of music. If you opted to receive your order in pdf, it is an ‘all sales final.’ Otherwise, be aware of our return policy. If you decide to return any part of your order within 60 days of delivery of your shipment, Sound Music Publications will honor your request. Returns are contingent on the product being in original condition and packaging, and that the music has not been photocopied, scanned, loaned or in any way violated our copyright agreement. We will either do an exchange for a comparable priced selection or provide a full refund. A revised invoice will be issued to reflect the transaction.

Payment is due upon receipt of your order. Outstanding debts are subject to a late fee.


We encourage directors to make a complete master file copy of each of the charts you purchase from Sound Music Publications for your music library. Over the past few years, we’ve received numerous requests to replace lost instrumental parts. We are happy to do that but we will need to charge for this service.


We are frequently asked how one would submit a jazz choir chart to be considered for publication. An original composition or an arrangement of a PD song are the quickest to publish; others require time to secure a print license.

Sound Music Publications takes pride in publishing music that is legible and as correct as possible, is clear and easy to understand and that will assist directors and students to rehearse and perform the music with an understanding of style, tempo and feel.


The following information and checklist will help to get your chart published quickly and accurately.

This is what we need!

1. Format

____ Format in required software, either Sibelius or Finale software

____ Provide separate vocal part with chord changes

____ Provide separate written out piano, bass, drums, guitar parts with chord changes

2. Symbols /Notations

____ Indicate voicing, i.e., SATB, SSA, TTBB, etc.

____ Indicate style, i.e., blues, be-bop, a cappella, etc.

____ Insert tempo markings

____ Insert dynamics

____ Insert accents and inflections

____ Insert phrase markings

3. Appearance

____ Jazz font is preferred

____ Clean up where text and notes overlap

____ Edit spacing between words, use text extensions (more than one note per syllable)

____ Use text on all lyric lines (do not use ‘etc.’ for repeated sections)

____ Leave enough space (approx. 1.5 to 2”) at the bottom of the first page of each part for copyright information

____ Include measure numbers or rehearsal letters and page numbers

4. Rehearsal/performance suggestions (optional)

____ Offer notes to assist conductor with rehearsal techniques

____ Offer notes to conductor regarding performance suggestions

5. Description of chart

____ Include a short paragraph explaining your chart, as you would like it to appear.

____ Designate level of difficulty (see difficulty level explanation on Web site)

6. Recording

____ Provide a recording of your chart, if possible

Sibelius files may be sent to or may be sent as pdfs attached to your email to