Many churches are experimenting with conducting services by live stream, Skype or other video sharing methods. You are welcome to use our recordings during such services. If you are prerecording video and making it publicly available or effectively broadcasting - for example live streaming on Facebook or YouTube - please acknowledge John Keys and www.hymncds.com in the accompanying text. For prerecorded video only available to your congregation or directly connected live mechanisms such as Skype this is not necessary.Please note that we can only give our permission for use of recordings - if the music is in copyright there may still be licence requirements for reproducing the music (this is not usually required in a church, but is for streaming/recording). Here is the UK guidance from the RSCM:
If music is involved, unless all the music is in the public domain written (both words and music) by composers and authors who died over 70 years ago – up to 31st December 1949, a licence is required.
At present, there are a number of options:
1. OneLicence.Net are offering a gratis licence up till April 15 2020. A ONE LICENSE licence grants churches, schools, religious communities, retreat centres, and other worshiping bodies permission to reprint or project music for their congregations from any of their Member Publishers. A ONE LICENSE Podcast / Streaming License grants permission to podcast or stream religious services that contain music from their Member Publishers. For new customers or for existing customers who do not already have a Podcast / Streaming License, ONE LICENSE is able to offer a one-month gratis license, valid through April 15, 2020. This would negate the need for a PRS licence during this period. Click here for details of OneLicense.Net gratis licence
3. If a church wishes to host a live-stream on their own website then they can apply for a limited online music licence (LOML) from the PRS.
It should be noted that whilst OneLicense covers many publishers, including OCP, Oxford University Press, Stainer & Bell and Taizé, it doesn’t cover ThankYou Music or Integrity Music.
CCLI do NOT offer a streaming licence. So to use songs not covered by OneLicense, you will need a PRS streaming licence.A PRS Streaming licence will cost £146 a year, or £73 for 6 months
. This may change in the near future.