Appendix A: Capitalization

The following are standard capitalization style rules that may be applied to Titles and Versions.  See 6. Capitalization Guidelines for general overview of capitalization requirements.

“The” should be capitalized when it is the start of an Artist’s name.  The following words should be lowercase, with a few exceptions:

  • a, an, and, as, but, for, from, nor, of, or, so, the, to, yet
  • Prepositions of four letters or fewer (at, by, for, from, in, into, of, off, on, onto, out, over, to, up, and with). Where a word that can act as a preposition acts in another way, it should be capitalized in accordance with the rules for that role.


  • In the Still of the Night
  • (You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman
  • To Be, or Not to Be
  • The One and Only

The first and last word in Title and Version should be capitalized. Capitalize the first and last word in parenthesized sections of text.  Examples:

  • To Be, or Not to Be
  • What They’re Looking For
  • War (What Is It Good For?)
  • (You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman

Intentionally misspelled words should be capitalized as if they were spelled correctly. Examples:

  • In da House
  • Kill ‘Em n’ Grill ‘Em
  • It’s fo’ Realz

The separate elements of hyphenated words should be capitalized except for a, an, and, for, from, of, or, the, to and in.  Examples:

  • Down-and-Out Blues
  • Just Another Run-of-the-Mill Day
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