Permissions and Licensing

Do you have a question about copyrights? Read our Copyright FAQ.

 

Are you ready to request a license? First, check the copyright at the bottom of your music or on the title page for workbooks and other resources. If the copyright matches one of our Imprints and Copyrights, please submit your request through Music Services, Inc. They handle all of our licensing requests, including for educational resources. Their online licensing features will walk you through the process.

 

You can also submit your request to them by email, fax, or mail. Please note that your request may take longer if you choose one of these options.

Email: licensing@musicservices.org

Fax: 615-371-1351

Mail: 5409 Maryland Way, Suite 200, Brentwood, TN 37027

 

Making Requests for Congregational Use Easy

 

Do you find yourself requesting licenses to use our music for congregational singing, bulletins, or worship aids frequently? 

 

We encourage you to consider a Church Copyright License from Christian Copyright Licensing, Inc. CCLI is the independent corporation established to meet the needs of all churches, providing practical support and services to help them fulfill their moral obligations and protect their rights under the law. Naturally there are some limitations, but for a modest annual fee, a church can legally use songs from many authorized publishers, including the music of The Lorenz Corporation. Visit us.ccli.com for more information.

 

Another great option is One License, which is committed to making it easy for churches to obtain reprint permission and to record all usage for an equitable distribution of royalties to composers and authors. One License includes many significant publishers of hymn texts, hymn tunes, and songs for worship that are not currently represented by any other joint licensing entity. Through One License, churches and religious institutions are able to reproduce words and/or music for the congregation from the catalogs of all of the partnering publishing houses for one annual fee. Similarly, organizations that have daily devotions or worship as part of their annual conventions or conferences can clear all the copyrights they need with a single event license. Visit www.onelicense.net for more information.

 

 

Copyright FAQ

Have a question about copyright or our licensing process? Find the answers to our most frequently asked questions below. If you still have questions about copyright and how it pertains to our music, please contact Music Services at licensing@musicservices.org or 615-371-1320.

 

About our Process

How long does it take for a license request to be processed?

If I request a print license for an out-of-print item, does The Lorenz Corporation supply an original copy?

How much will a license cost?

What forms of payment are accepted for licenses?

I live in another country. How do I request my license?

Do I still use Music Services if I want to request a license for a non-music resource (e.g. a math workbook or teacher resource)?

When are licenses required?

Can I print or project song lyrics during a church service?

Can I arrange a song for my choir and/or congregation?

Can I make changes to the music or lyrics of a song that I've purchased?

Can I translate a song into another language?

Can I make recordings of our ensemble performing your music?

Can I sell a CD or DVD of a performance of your songs that I recorded of my ensemble?

Can I post a video of my choir on YouTube or elsewhere on the internet?

My ensemble is being featured on a local cable broadcast. Do I need a license?

Can I make copies of your songs for my choir to sing?

I need to have score copies for the judges at an upcoming festival. Do I need a license to make these copies?

Do I need a license to convert my previously purchased cassettes to CDs?

Do any of these rules change if I'm a non-profit organization?

Do I need a license from you?

How can I tell if a work is in the public domain?

Are public domain titles free?

I want to request a license for a SoundForth piece. Do I need to request one from The Lorenz Corporation?

I want to request a license for a Lillenas piece. Do I need to request one from The Lorenz Corporation?

I want to request a license for a Word Choral Club, Word Music & Church Resources, Word Music, or Word Entertainment© piece. Do I need to request one from The Lorenz Corporation?

I want to request a license for an AGEHR — Handbell Musicians of America piece. Do I need to request one from The Lorenz Corporation?

I want to request a license for a Santa Barbara Music Publishing piece. Do I need to request one from The Lorenz Corporation?

 

About our Process

How long does it take for a license request to be processed?*

The licensing process can take approximately 1 to 4 weeks depending on your request and the method of request. Please plan accordingly, and be sure to provide complete information to avoid any delays. 

  • Online request and payment: approximately 1 to 2 weeks
  • Mail, fax, or email: approximately 2 to 3 weeks after your request is received
  • Master use licensing: approximately 3 to 4 weeks

 

*For the latest information, please refer to Music Services's website. The Lorenz Corporation is not responsible for any changes to this time table.

 

If I request a print license for an out-of-print item, does The Lorenz Corporation supply an original copy?

Unfortunately, neither we nor Music Services are able to provide original copies for any permanently out-of-print items. In order to obtain a license to reproduce an out-of-print work, you must own an original copy.

 

How much will a license cost?

The fee varies depending on the type of license and the number of copies that you need. 

 

What forms of payment are accepted for licenses?*

Licenses can be paid for with U.S. funds only. Major credit cards (U.S. and Canadian residents) are accepted, including Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or American Express.

 

*For the latest information, please refer to Music Services's website. The Lorenz Corporation is not responsible for any changes to accepted payment options.

 

I live in another country. How do I request my license?

If you are requesting a print license, please contact Music Services, regardless of your location. For recording licenses, please find the appropriate agency below.

 

If you live in Canada, please contact Music Services.

 

If you live in Europe, our sub-publisher Small Stone Media can handle your request. Visit www.smallstonemedia.com to view their licensing resources.

 

If you live in Korea, our sub-publisher Joongang Art (J&A Music) can handle your request. Visit joongangart.co.kr for more information.

 

If you live in Austrailia or New Zealand, our sub-publisher All Music Publishing and Distribution (AMPD)/Hal Leonard Australia can handle your request. Visit www.ampd.com.au to contact them about your request.

 

Still not sure, Music Services will find the answer!

 

I've contacted my country's organization and they were unable to fill my request. Now what do I do?

Never fear! You can contact Music Services for help.

 

Do I still use Music Services if I want to request a license for a non-music resource (e.g. a math workbook or teacher resource)?

Yes, if the copyright matches one of our imprints and copyrights, you will still use Music Services to make your request.

 

When are licenses required?

Can I print or project song lyrics during a church service?

A license is required to project lyrics for your congregation or to print them in a bulletin or program. You can request a license from Music Services for a specific song.

 

Isn't it fair use?

Fair use of the lyrics would allow you to duplicate 10% or less of the piece in order to illustrate a lesson. If performance of the piece is involved, the piece needs to be purchased and licensed appropriately.

 

Does my CCLI or One License license already cover printing and projecting?

Yes it does! If you have a CCLI license or One License reprint license, there is no need to request a license through Music Services. Thanks for being thorough, and for reporting the use of our works.

 

Can I arrange a song for my choir and/or congregation?

If you would like to make an arrangement, you will need a license from Music Services. CCLI and One License licenses do not cover arrangements.

 

Can I make changes to the music or lyrics of a song that I've purchased?

Any changes that you make to the music or lyrics are considered arranging the music. To do so, you would need a license, which you can request from Music Services.

 

Can I translate a song into another language?

Translating the lyrics requires a license. Please request one from Music Services.

 

Can I make recordings of our ensemble performing your music?

A fair use recording would enable you to make one single copy that would be kept by the non-profit organization or the music director for rehearsal purposes. If multiple copies are desired to distribute to the ensemble members or general community, a recording license is required. Please contact the Music Services or the appropriate organization for your country.

 

What if I have a CCLI license?

If you have a CCLI license, you may reproduce recordings of performances if all of the music performed was live. If an accompaniment track or any other assistive recordings were used to enhance the performance, a recording license is required. Please contact Music Services or the appropriate organization for your country.

 

What if I have a One License license?

If you have a One License practice-track license, you may create recordings for practice or rehearsal purposes only. Please visit the One License website for more details. If you have a One License podcast/streaming license, you may create recordings of performances if all of the music performed was live. If you want to use a recording within a live worship service or for distribution purposes, a recording license is required. Please contact Music Services or the appropriate organization for your country.

 

Can I sell a CD or DVD of your songs that I recorded at my church?

If you obtained the recording license (mechanical for CDs and synchronization for DVDs) to legally record and make copies of your performance, you can decide to sell those copies without further licensing. If you want to make additional copies, you will need to request permission through Music Services.

 

What if I have a CCLI license?

If you have a CCLI license, you have permission to reproduce recordings of your live performance—as long as all music was performed live. There are no further stipulations for giving away this recording for free.

 

Your CCLI license also covers the sale of these recordings if CDs are sold for $4 or less and DVDs are sold for $12 or less. If you would like to sell these items at a higher price, you will need to request a recording license. Please see the CCLI website for more details and restrictions.

 

If an accompaniment track was used during the performance, not all of the music was performed live and you will need to request a recording license.

 

What if I have a One License license?

One License licenses do not cover the sale of recordings. You will need to request a recording license. 

 

Can I post a video of my choir on YouTube or elsewhere on the internet?

Posting videos online does normally require a license. Fortunately, The Lorenz Corporation has an existing agreement with YouTube that does not require you to purchase any additional licensing if your video is a live performance by your choir.

 

If you would like to stream a video elsewhere or it uses an accompaniment track or other recording, a license may be required. Please contact Music Services to obtain the appropriate license. 

 

Doesn't my CCLI license cover video recordings?

The general CCLI license does not cover online distribution (only physical audiocassettes, CDs, videotapes, and DVDs). Most CCLI license holders are subject to the same rules as above and should contact Music Services.

 

If you have the additional streaming license through CCLI, you may be able to stream or podcast your recorded worship service. Please see the CCLI website for details and restrictions.

 

Doesn't my One License license cover video recordings?

Most One License licenses do not cover online distribution.

 

However, if you have the podcast/streaming license, you may be able to archive your service while you have the license and live-stream to members of your congregation who are homebound, traveling, or on active duty. This license only covers live performances. If an accompaniment track or other assistive recordings were used to enhance the performance, please contact Music Services. Once your license expires, all material must be removed. Please see the One License website for details and restrictions.

 

My ensemble is being featured on a local cable broadcast. Do I need a license?

Yes, please request a recording license (synchronization) from Music Services or the appropriate organization for your country.

 

Can I make copies of your songs for my choir to sing?

Each performer must have his or her own purchased part! Composers receive their royalty based on the amount of copies that are purchased. If a whole choir (for example) performs from only one copy of the music, then the composers barely get paid for their compositions. There are, however, reproducible collections that are priced to allow you to make the copies that you need and pay the writers for their work.

 

If a product is permanently out of print and you own an original copy, you may request a photocopy license through Music Services.

 

If you want to use a single song from a collection and you own an original copy, you may request a photocopy license for the specific song through Music Services.

 

What about fair use?

Fair use would allow you to duplicate 10% or less of the piece in order to illustrate a lesson. If performance of the piece is involved, the piece needs to be purchased and licensed appropriately.

 

Doesn't my CCLI or One License license cover it?

Unfortunately, a CCLI or One License license does not give permission to copy music for your choir. They only allow for lyrics to be projected or given to the congregation in print.

 

I need to have score copies for the judges at an upcoming festival. Do I need a license to make these copies?

If the piece is still in print, you need to purchase additional copies of the score. If you are using a single piece from a collection or the song is out of print, please contact Music Services for a photocopy license.

 

Do I need a license to convert my previously purchased cassettes to CDs?

As the original purchaser of the cassette, gratis permission is granted to convert your cassettes to CDs for continued use. When you request a recording license (mechanical) from Music Services or the appropriate organization for your country, you will be granted your free permission. You must keep a copy of this permission and destroy the original cassette after it is duplicated.

 

Do any of these rules change if I'm a non-profit organization?

Regardless of non-profit status, all of the rules above apply.

 

Do I need a license from you?

How can I tell if a work is in the public domain?

All works published in the U.S. before 1923 are in the public domain. For anything published 1923 and later, the copyright holder maintains that copyright for the life of the composer plus 70 years.

 

Are public domain titles free?

The original public domain title is free of charge and can be used creatively without any licensing, however, subsequent arrangements may not be free. For example, if The Lorenz Corporation publishes an arrangement of a song that was in the public domain, that arrangement is not in the public domain and the copyright is valid for the life of the composer plus seventy years. That arrangement needs to be purchased in order to be used and performed. If you want to create a new work based on that arrangement, a license is required. If you want to make an arrangement of the public domain song, then no licensing is required.

 

I want to request a license for a SoundForth piece. Do I need to request one from The Lorenz Corporation?

The Lorenz Corporation owns much of the SoundForth catalog, but not all. Please contact Music Services to request permission. If the song is not in their database, they will research it.

 

I want to request a license for a Lillenas piece. Do I need to request one from The Lorenz Corporation?

The Lorenz Corporation owns the copyrights for much of the Lillenas keyboard, instrumental, and vocal catalogs from 2013 and on. If you would like a license for a piece published prior to 2013, please visit www.lillenas.com to request that license. For items published during and after 2013, please request permission from Music Services. If a piece isn't in their database, they will research it.

 

I want to request a license for a Word Choral Club, Word Music & Church Resources, Word Music, or Word Entertainment© piece. Do I need to request one from The Lorenz Corporation?

Please request permission from Music Services. If a piece isn't in their database, they will research it.

 

I want to request a license for an AGEHR — Handbell Musicians of America piece. Do I need to request one from The Lorenz Corporation?

The Lorenz Corporation distributes for AGEHR — Handbell Musicians of America, but we do not own their copyrights. To request a license for their music, contact their editor, Dr. John Behnke.

 

I want to request a license for a piece from Santa Barbara Music Publishing. Do I need to request one from The Lorenz Corporation?

The Lorenz Corporation distributes for Santa Barbara Music Publishing, but we do not own their copyrights. Visit www.sbmp.com/Copyright.php to request a license for their music and learn more about their permissions.

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