Streaming Your Easter Events & Services
April 11, 2022
As we enter Holy Week, we’re reminded of God’s sacrifice of his Son and His love for us. This year could be the first Easter back for many churches, and there is much anticipation leading up to Easter Sunday. While many churches will be packed full, there will still be those waiting and watching from home. Online worship remains an extremely valuable part of ministry.
When it comes to streaming, churches have two options – stream via social media or stream directly from a player on your church website.
Social media platforms offer many attractive features that appeal to churches. (But) there are some key advantages to streaming worship services and special events that include copyrighted music directly from your church website. Since you don’t own your social media pages, you have no control over other videos and ads that may distract your audience. Content may be tagged or taken down, and you must adhere to the platform’s terms and conditions.
Streaming on Your Church Website
When you stream your Easter service via your church website, you maintain complete control of your messaging and music with proper licensing. Your events and services are streamed without outside advertising or the threat of takedown notices. Then you can find ways to leverage social media.
There are services available that make it simple to set up your website to stream and archive your services and events for future playback. Reporting your song usage ensures songwriter royalties are paid out by the Performance Rights Organizations (PROs) or publishers. If your church owns songs and affiliates with a PRO, you may receive royalty revenue when you log your song usage.
“How do we legally stream our Easter services and events, and what is the best way to do so?”
WORSHIPcast Streaming License
When you stream from your church website with a WORSHIPcast Streaming License, you can access more than 28 million songs, including hymns and secular music. This simple and affordable license allows your church to stream a wide variety of live music performances that include copyrighted music:
Stations of the Cross
Holy Week Activities
Traditional Easter Programs
Easter Egg Hunts
Learn More About Our Licenses
CCS provides blanket licenses that meet most church performance copyright needs. For more details or information, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (855) 576-5837.
Please note: The streaming of sound recordings and performance tracks is not permitted. For church services streaming sound recordings or lyrics, you may need the CCLI Streaming license. Social events may require additional performance licensing.
CCS is a leading authority on church music copyrights. Our primary focus is providing licensing and clear educational resources to churches and representation, administration, and advocacy for copyright owners. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube. This information is for educational purposes only and is not legal advice or a substitute for legal counsel.