May 11, 2020Music Licensing: Church Publishing and the Presiding Bishop’s Chancellor share information

Music Licensing: Church Publishing and the Presiding Bishop’s Chancellor share information

Diocesan Staff Four-minute read.   Resources
Choir Practice. St. Gregory Choir, Easter Sunday at Christ Episcopal Church, Springfield, Missouri (2019).

At a Zoom meeting held on Monday, May 11, between the Presiding Bishop’s Office, bishops, and canons to the ordinary, the issue of copyright infringement by churches broadcasting music was raised.

In response, two documents were shared and are reproduced below. Please note that the documents were written prior to April 15, and any reference in them to limited free rights to broadcast music during Easter are now void.

In short, you must have a license if you broadcast hymns (or any other music). Also see this recent article on copyright: Music licensing: what you need to know.

From Church Publishing

Note this letter also includes additional notes regarding the use of Godly Play materials online.

covid-19-permission-guidelines

Click to access covid-19-permission-guidelines.pdf

From the Presiding Bishop’s Chancellor, Mary Kostel

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Click to access us_copyright_issues_related_to_live_streaming_music.pdf

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