Making Music

As musicians, churches, schools, and other organizations adapt to new circumstances due to COVID-19, it’s important for all to keep in mind that streaming or video recording most music requires additional permissions and licensing.

 

Some of the same organizations that you may already partner with, including CCLI or One License, offer streaming licenses that cover many pieces from multiple publishers. Instrumental or choral music streamed online in a concert or worship service, as well as any use of our music or lyrics in online presentations, rehearsal tracks/videos, or other supportive formats can also be licensed directly through Music Services, Inc.

 

Securing permissions and reporting uses are essential for composers and authors, as well as their publishers, to continue creating and producing music. We humbly appreciate your diligence in continuing to use music responsibly, even as the way we use it evolves.
 

Making Music During Covid-19 -  Frequently Asked Questions
 

How do I secure a license from Music Services?

Obtaining a quick and inexpensive license from Music Services is easy. Visit musicservices.org – click “License music” and search for the song information.

Can I email music to singers/instrumentalists?

If you want to share a piece that is already in your library, you have permission to share as many digital copies as you own physically. If you are selecting a new piece and purchasing a digital edition, be sure to buy enough copies for everyone in your ensemble. You many only share copies within your organization. If you have questions, please give us a call. We are happy to help you. 
 

Can I make and share a practice track for my singers that will not be made public?

You may make, record, and share practice tracks if they are used for rehearsal only and kept within your organization. If this is something that you frequently do, you may want to consider a license from CCLI or One License that enables you to create practice and rehearsal tools. 

 
Can I make a recording that is used during a performance?
 
We understand that this is a regular and frequent need, not just during these uncertain times. We offer professionally recorded Performance/Accompaniment CDs and Digital Accompaniment MP3s that are available for purchase and encourage you to consider using them. If you would like to create your own recording, please contact Music Services and obtain a mechanical or synch license. 
 

Can I hold rehearsal over a video streaming service?

We give you permission to hold rehearsal over a livestream rehearsal as long as:

  • The rehearsal is not recorded or distributed
  • The livestream only includes members of the performing ensemble (no audience)


Can we record our concert and post it to YouTube?

You need to obtain a synch license. Obtaining a synch license from Music Services is quick and inexpensive. Visit musicservices.org – click “License music” and search for the song information. Music Services representatives are always happy to assist you with securing any kind of license.


Can I make a recording that will be rebroadcasted on YouTube?

You need to obtain a synch license from Music Services or obtain a CCLI streaming license or a One License pocast/streaming license.

Is it okay to post our services to YouTube?

Yes, it is okay to post your service to YouTube, but you need a license to do so for any copyrighted music that is in your service.

Can I stream copyrighted music during a service?

Yes, but you need to obtain a synch license from Music Services to stream copyrighted music. Visit musicservices.org – click “License music” and search for the song information. Music Services representatives are always happy to assist you with securing any kind of license.

Can I record copyrighted music for later viewing?

Yes, as long as you secure a license from Music Services, you may record copyrighted materials for later viewing. Visit musicservices.org – click “License music” and search for the song information.

How do I get permission to use copyrighted music for online worship services?

Some of the same organizations that you may already partner with, including CCLI or One License, offer streaming licenses that cover many pieces from multiple publishers. Instrumental or choral music streamed online in a concert or worship service, as well as any use of our music or lyrics in online presentations, rehearsal tracks/videos, or other supportive formats can also be licensed directly through Music Services, Inc.

YouTube / Facebook took down my video. What did I do wrong?

While it is unlikely for a live musical performance, YouTube and Facebook have algorithms that may automatically identify copyrighted intellectual property, be it videos or songs. Even if you have permission to use a song, recording, or video clip, the algorithm may still flag your content. If you have any questions about a specific instance where one of your videos that used our licensed copyrights was taken down, please contact us.

Can I upload a PDF of music to My Choral Coach?

My Choral Coach has not secured a license for our publications so they cannot be posted to or shared in any way on this platform.

Can I enter music into Finale or another notation tool and upload it?

If you are using this for the purpose of rehearsal within your organization, we give you permission to do so. However, if it is used in performance you need to obtain a mechanical license. We encourage you to look at the Performance/Accompaniment CDs and Digital Accompaniment MP3s we offer for many of our publications.

Can I adapt or change an arrangement?

During these uncertain times, you are welcome to adapt or make custom arrangements of our music as long as it stays within your organization. If this is something you do regularly, this is also covered under a CCLI license.

*These permissions and policies apply to copyrights owned by The Lorenz Corporation and do not apply to all music. Be sure to check policies of other publishers as needed.

 

 

 

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