Music Licensing and Easter Programs
February 24, 2022
Easter presents an opportunity to minister to your community extraordinarily. But we also know that one of the biggest celebrations in Christianity can be one of the most challenging for worship leaders, music ministers, and creative directors who may feel the pressure to put on engaging outreach events and programs.
A lot goes into planning an Easter production for your church or ministry. While we can’t audition talent or set up rehearsals for you, we can offer practical and straightforward advice on incorporating copyright clearances into your program planning!
Easter Events & Celebrations
From Easter egg hunts to concerts and retreats to youth events, celebrations vary from church to church. But one thing most of these events have in common is music! It may be easy to forget to address copyright with all the planning for special occasions, holidays, and celebrations but remember, if your program is not a religious service, it isn’t exempt from music licensing. So now is the perfect time to address how to incorporate copyright clearances into your program planning. And the best part, once performance licensing is secured, you and your team have the freedom to be as musically creative as you want!
Performance Licenses Explained
It’s easy to be confused about what music licenses you need, and why performance licenses are important. In short, a performance license grants permission to have public performances, whether live or pre-recorded music. We go much more in-depth in our free download, “Why Your Church Needs Performance Licenses.” It’s a quick and easy read and answers some of the most common questions about performance licensing.
Two Types of Performance Licenses
The CCS PERFORMmusic Onsite Facilities Music License allows churches and non-profit ministries to legally play or perform more than 28 million songs from ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC for non-exempt activities such as Easter special programs, concerts, and events. And with an extensive catalog of Christian, secular, holiday, and choral music, you are sure to find just the right songs to complement your programming.
Suppose you want to stream your programming on your church website. In that case, the WORSHIPcast Online Streaming Music License allows you to stream worship services, special events, and guest performances of these same 28 million songs, including secular Christmas music, on your website. Pre-recorded music is not covered.
If you have questions about what type of licensing your church needs, call 855-576-5837 or e-mail support@copyrightsolutions.
About Christian Copyright Solutions: CCS’s quest is to help churches and Christian ministries “do music right.” CCS is an expert on church music copyrights, and our primary focus is providing licensing and clear educational resources to churches. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube. The information contained herein is for informational purposes only and is not legal advice or a substitute for legal counsel.
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