Royalties and Licensing

"Doodles" Thrower

"Doodle" Thrower, bluegrass musician, outside his service station,
Tallapoosa, Georgia, September 14, 1982.
Photo by Alan Lomax.

One side of repatriation is monetary reward and recognition. Royalties, payments and accounting from the licensed use of materials in the Lomax Collection represent direct and meaningful recognition of an artist and the value of his or her work. At ACE we continue Alan Lomax's practice of enabling artists and their estates to collect royalties by making special efforts to locate heirs and estates and maintaining contact with them. The most current information is shared with the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress where the physical collection resides, for the benefit of researchers and others wishing to license material from it.

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