I'm new here and was wondering if anyone knew if it was possible to purchase the theme song from the Ellipse-Nelvana series anywhere.
It’s been made available on at least two CDs of Tintin-related soundtrack music
, the first being a collection based on the Ellipse-Nelvana music by the original artists (arranged as proper pieces, not as individual cues); the second was a compilation which had music from various screen projects, including the Ellipse-Nelvana series. Both have the theme music as a track.
They are both out of print, but second-hand copies do turn up on eBay and elsewhere.
Have you tried approaching Ellipse-Nelvana directly?
would it violate any copyright issues to use it for figure skating program music?
At the very least you need to see about public performing rights for that; don’t know how it works where you are, but in the U.K. venues tend to have a license permitting them to re-play copyright music, but I don’t have a clue what happens elsewhere. Try asking the ice-rink where you will be skating what they usually do, and they may have the answers.
Over and above that, I don’t know if you need specific permission to use music when it is being utilised for a specific performance piece; there may be conditions – for example, it appears to be possible for bands to object if their music is used by a person or organization of which they themselves might be critical (a political candidate using a tune when the artists themselves don’t endorse those politics comes to mind).
Likewise, it may be seen that a composer or artist might want to adapt their work for dance or a musical themselves, so they might be able to object. Again, I’d ask at the rink, and get advice there.