WMGSO is always on the lookout for new arrangements of video game music. If you are interested in arranging for us (please do!), continue reading to see how you can get involved.

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First time arranging for WMGSO?

Email the Arranger Resources Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be added to the arrangers listserv and Discord server. You will be granted access to participate in our peer review process and view our repertoire and works in progress lists.

Before starting an arrangement:

  • Review our eligibility guidelines, formatting guidelines, and current instrumentation list.
  • Check over our existing repertoire and list of works in progress and ensure a similar arrangement doesn’t already exist.
  • If you are new to arranging or need a refresher, take a look at our guides on how to arrange for specific instruments and sections.
  • Consider the rights issues involved in WMGSO performing an arrangement based on your source piece(s).
    •  In general, we have little trouble acquiring performance rights if the game is from a large publishing company and/or the composers are members of ASCAP or JASRAC. For independent games, we typically need to contact the developer or composer to inquire about rights.

After your first draft:

Consider submitting your arrangement for peer review. Please send an email to the arrangers email list (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with a PDF and conceptual recording of your arrangement along with any links to the source material.

Once you’re ready to submit…

Please email the following to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:

  • The transposed score, engraved for 11x17 page size
  • The sectional scores, one for each of the following sections: winds, brass, percussion, chorus, and strings.
  • A conceptual recording and links to the source material.

If selected after our review, we’ll need from you the following:

  1. Transposed conductor’s score set to an 11x17 page size and optimized for the extra space, provided in PDF.  Include the name of the piece and a version date or number as a header or footer for each page. On the first page, also include the copyright owner’s information, the composer(s)’s name(s) and arranger(s)’ name(s), and the year in which the arrangement was produced.  Make sure to include page numbers.
  2. PDFs for each part, set to 8x11 pages, with the following file naming format
    InstrumentName-PieceName-(GameOfOrigin)-YYYYMMDD.extension
    (e.g. AltoSax1-ChemicalPlantZone-(SonicTheHedgehog2)-20141015.pdf)
    Here, YYYYMMDD is the version date. Make sure to include page numbers.
  3. The sectional scores, one for each of the following sections: winds, brass, percussion, chorus, and strings.
  4. A complete list of source materials (name(s) of piece(s) and of the source game(s), and of the composer(s)).  This is required to secure performance rights.
  5. A complete list of instrumentation, indicating number of wind & brass players required on each part (eg. Alto Sax 1&2).
  6. A draft of program notes. Usually this is a brief outline of the game and the context of the music within the game. One or two paragraphs will suffice.
  7. If this is a choral piece with lyrics that are not in English or Latin, a pronunciation guide.
  8. A conceptual recording.
  9. The arrangement file in the file format of your notation software (to allow us to correct typos quickly, should it be needed). We welcome scores made with a variety of notation softwares, including but not limited to Sibelius, Finale, Lilypond and Musescore.

Items 4, 5 and 6 may be included as a cover page or appendix to the full score.

Please note: 

No monies will be given in either direction. WMGSO will not charge you a fee for score appraisal or the advice of its musical director. WMGSO will not pay you a fee for your music, its performance or its recording.  However, if the music is performed, we will acknowledge you as the arranger in the printed program and may use your name in the publicity material.  Should you wish, WMGSO will issue you two (non-transferable) tickets to a performance date of your choice.  You are also free to publicize that WMGSO is performing your arrangement.