The Beauty of Blanket Licenses

August 11, 2015

Efforts to obtain individual song licenses require endless hours of research, correspondence and processing payments, often resulting in delays and frustration. On the other hand, blanket licenses save your church or ministry huge amounts of time, resources and money. They really free church leaders to focus on enhancing the congregation’s programs and worship experience.

Here is an excerpt from “The Beauty of Blanket Licenses,” Chapter 4 of our new eBook “Solve the Puzzle of Copyrights: Six Steps To Learning How To Do Music Right” By Susan Fontaine Godwin. You can download the eBook for FREE here.

There are multiple copyright blanket licenses designed to simplify legal copyright use for churches and ministries. The term “blanket license” is used to indicate that copyright owners have granted permission to use their catalogs of copyrighted works in situations where issuing individual licenses would be cumbersome and impractical.

In the Christian community, a blanket license provides pre-approved authorization for your church or ministry to use a particular group of copyrights for very specific uses or rights. In most cases, a group of copyright owners and a third party have developed a licensing solution to simplify legal use of copyrights and assure royalty payments are disbursed to the correct copyright owners.

Most of the blanket licenses are based on an annual fee. You can use the copyrights covered in the license program during the term of your license. If you renew after one year, your right to use the copyrights is terminated. Some licenses require detailed reporting on copyright titles used; some licenses require no reporting. Each blanket license outlines exactly what you are authorized to do in the license agreement’s terms and conditions.

CCS’s blanket performance licenses PERFORMmusic and WORSHIPcast provide your church or ministry with immediate coverage of more than 20 million songs from ASCAP, BMI and SESAC both ONSITE and ONLINE starting as low as $299 annually. Get 10% OFF on your first year when you sign up for both ONSITE and ONLINE coverage.

Remember that you can always call and talk to one of our CCS reps at 855-576-5837, if you have any questions about copyright licensing.

About Christian Copyright Solutions: CCS’s quest is to help churches and 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, as well as representation, administration and advocacy for copyright owners. Follow us on Twitter, and  Facebook. The information contained herein is for informational purposes only, and is not legal advice or a substitute for legal counsel.

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