PBSS Links

Below you can find links to Digital sheet music websites, free music, music shops, international music websites and organisations.

Free Sheet Music:

(Mainly Classical and Folk Music)

Important! Please check with all the following free public domain sites that the music is not copyright in the NZ as copyright laws are different in each country. Please visit the website below and familiarise yourself with the copyright law so that you know what you can and can't do.

This is a nice explanation of copyright law in NZ: Who owns the copyright?

Australasian Copyright Law in more detail: www.MusicRights.com.au

Music Publishers Association Website: The Code of Fair Practice

If a musical work is in copyright (which it will be if any of the composers, editors or authors have not been dead for more than 70 years, or if the printed edition has been published in the last 25 years, whichever is the longer) then copying the work and/or arranging it are infringements of the copyright unless the person doing so has either gained permission from the copyright owner to do so, or if they fall under any of the exceptions to the rule listed in the code. The Code of Fair Practice has been agreed between composers, publishers and users of Printed Music.

More info on Copyright Laws www.tresonamusic.com

More on arranging current songs and getting permission:


IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library: Free Public Domain Sheet Music

Important!: Please check that the music is not copyright in the UK as UK copyright laws differ from the USA.

Free sheet music on 8notes.com

A huge amount of folk songs/traditional music and a few classical songs. Also has piano chord and guitar chord charts.


Free online public domain opera scores, download the vocal score versions (online copy/larger/scrollable) for ease of use.

Music for music teachers.com

Not just for music teachers! Free sheet music of folk songs, well-known traditional songs, and some classical pieces for voice, piano and guitar. The music is aimed at beginner students but can be enjoyed by all levels of ability.

Free-scores.com: World Wide Free Sheet Music

A variety of sheet music in the public domain, from folk to classical and new compositions. Can take a bit of browsing but a lot of music for free that you could end up easily paying for in a music shop.

Artsongcentral.com: Free sheet music for Singers and Voice Teachers

Fantastic site with free classical sheet music which is often a better edition than on IMSLP and ALL the French/German/Italian/Latin songs have IPA transcriptions to help with your pronounciation - priceless!


Musopen is a non-profit website focused on improving access and exposure to music by creating free resources and educational materials. We provide recordings, sheet music, and textbooks to the public for free, without copyright restrictions.


Some free public domain sheet music, has links to sheet music on other free sites. Take note: Not all sheet music on this site is in the public domain.

Digital Sheet Music Shops:





Classical digital sheet music site which also has some traditional music available in multiple keys. You can purchase a short term or long term subscription which allows unlimited downloads and printing of the sheet music library in any key you like. You can purchase songs individually, there are also a few free songs.

Their former website Schubertline is still functioning until May 2016 and still has subscriptions available for purchase which are really worthwhile if you have an economical printer and lots of paper! Here is the link to the former website where you can view sheet music and transpose for free: Schubertline

Everynote: The World's Largest Classical Sheet Music Library

Don't know if it's the biggest library, IMSLP probably is?, but is good way to get a classical score quickly especially if it's something obscure that would take a while to order.

Backing Track (Karaoke) Resources:

For popular music and some classical music I usually recommend you check ITunes first as you get real value for money.

Sites like Musicroom also have backing tracks available for purchase as well as sheet music.


A great backing track website with reasonable prices, and the best thing is that you can get a small variety of different keys (warning: the demo singers are sometimes questionable).


Piano accompaniments of Classical Music


Piano accompaniments of Classical Music


Piano accompaniments of Classical Music


Backing tracks in every key for classical and music theatre songs available on Android and Apple.

Songwriter Resources:


A useful website for songwriters who would like to use someone else's lyrics. Compose away!

Legal Information for Musicians:


A helpful website outlining different legal matters affecting musicians (USA based so check local law compatability).


Society of songwriters, composers and music publishers. We license organisations to play, perform or make available copyright music on behalf of our members and those of overseas societies, distributing the royalties to them fairly and efficiently. We promote and protect the value of copyright.

NZ Music Shops:

Sounz Centre for NZ Music

Sounz has a diverse collection of quality New Zealand music resources (scores, audio, video etc) and makes them available for loan, hire, sale and download, accessed through SOUNZ Online.

Music Planet

New Zealand Rockshop

Musicworks NZ

Chain of music shops nationwide.

Arty Bees Books Ltd

Often has some secondhand sheet music instore.

Paloma is listed on the following Music Teacher websites:

Music Lessons in New Zealand

Music Teachers Directory: Voice lessons

Porirua Music Lessons

Wellington Music Lessons

International Music Shops & Organisations:

Try using Amazon or The Book Depository as they often have both new and second hand copies of popular sheet music books - just beware of the delivery time for books being sent from overseas.



Opera Talk: Facebook now has a group called 'Opera Scores' (a spin-off from 'Opera Talk') for singers wanting to sell or purchase second-hand scores. It is a closed group however, so you will need to ask to join and be admitted by someone who knows you (so if you know me, no problem).


UK Music Shops:

Chappell of Bond Street

Chimes shops in Ealing, Barbican, Kensington and Marylebone

Rose Morris and Company Ltd.

Mickleburgh Musical Instruments Ltd.

Hobgoblin Music Bristol Shop

UK Organisations:

UK Musician's Union

Organisation of over 30,000 musicians working in all sectors of the UK music business. Membership has many benefits including legal help, insurance and help particularly with gig contracts.


Bristol artist management and record label.

Wired4Music - Young Londoners Music Council

Wired4Music is a collective of talented young people ages 13-25 creating or engaging in music, voicing opinions on music education and raising awareness of musical opportunities.


The Gerontius choral directory with useful links for choral singers including openings for singers in choirs across the UK.