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PERFORMmusic Onsite Facilities License

Why a church performance license?

There is a religious service exemption in U.S. copyright law that allows churches to perform copyrighted music during religious services without paying royalties. The exemption does not cover any music played or performed outside of worship services. If your church is playing or performing copyrighted music outside of your religious services, you need a church performance license.

Who is eligible for PERFORMmusic?

The PERFORMmusic License is available for churches to play and perform music onsite in their facilities and satellite campuses.  Churches and most (501c3) non-profit religious organizations located in the U.S. or its territories are eligible for this license.  Colleges and universities do not qualify. Churches outside the U.S. or its territories are not eligible for the PERFORMmusic License.

What can I do with PERFORMmusic?

The PERFORMmusic License covers a wide range of performances of live and pre-recorded music outside of religious services including:

  • Coffee shops
  • Bookstores
  • Concerts (non-ticketed)
  • Retreats
  • Picnics & barbecues
  • Singles groups
  • Dances
  • Carnivals & festivals
  • Graduations
  • Award ceremonies
  • Testimonials & retirements
  • Dance classes
  • Exercise classes
  • Karaoke
  • Conferences & seminars
  • Vacation Bible School
  • Camps
  • Sporting events
  • Movie nights
  • Pageants
  • Youth group gatherings
  • Guest speakers
  • Wedding receptions
  • On-hold music
  • Music before & after service
  • Community events
  • Retirement home visits
  • Day care

How much does PERFORMmusic cost?

The PERFORMmusic License fee is tiered by average weekly attendance across all of your church’s services.

Total Weekly Attendance Annual Fee
1-199 $229
200-499 $329
500-1,999 $599
2000-5,999 $929
6000-14,999 $2,189
15,000+ $2,419

 

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What songs are covered by PERFORMmusic?

The PERFORMmusic church performance license allows you to play or perform over 25 million Christian and secular songs from the combined catalogs of ASCAPBMI and SESAC. All genres are covered, from Contemporary Christian and Gospel to Rock, Country, Holiday, Patriotic, Pop, Children’s music and much more. To view the songs covered, simply visit each Performance Rights Organization’s Repertory page (links above) and search their catalogs.

What is CCS's relationship with ASCAP, BMI and SESAC?

CCS partners with performance rights organizations in the US–ASCAP, BMI and SESAC. The PROs authorize CCS to license churches and ministries for the rights to perform and play the songs in their respective catalogs – more than 25 million songs, which allows CCS to provide a one-stop license for all three PRO catalogs of songs. Only churches and religious organizations with a 501c3 tax status qualify for CCS performance licenses. Each of the PROs reserve the right to determine whether or not an organization or entity qualifies for CCS’s licenses.

What venues does PERFORMmusic cover?

The PERFORMmusic church performance license covers all facilities on your primary and satellite campuses. PERFORMmusic even travels with you to other venues. The PERFORMmusic License is not available to Colleges, Universities and Seminaries.

Do I have to report my song performances?

The PERFORMmusic License requires no reporting.

What about ticketed events?

Once you have the PERFORMmusic License, it’s simple to add-on & report ticketed (or admission fee required) concerts & events.

There are numerous variables in the agreements and royalty fees of all three Performance Rights Organizations (ASCAP, BMI and SESAC), which make it difficult to tell you precise fees for your events in advance. However, we do want to give you a maximum estimate so that you will be able to budget for your events. Fees for the quarters you submit ticketed event activity will have a minimum $90.50, or an average of approximately 10% of gross ticket revenue.  

What happens to the fees we pay?

Great art does not happen accidentally. When music and the arts flourish, there is a cultural economic terrain in which songwriters and artists thrive. The next time you buy a church music license, like CCS’s PERFORMmusic License or WORSHIPcast License, or pay an invoice for music rights, take another look at the transaction you’re making. It’s a tremendous opportunity to support songwriters, who in turn will bless your church with new worship songs that proclaim the Gospel, touching and transforming hearts. We pay fees directly to ASCAP, BMI and SESAC, and they then pay their affiliated writers and publishers. The Church plays a vital role in GIVING MUSIC LIFE.

WORSHIPcast Online Streaming License

Why a church streaming license?

There is a religious service exemption in U.S. copyright law that allows churches to perform copyrighted music during religious services. The exemption does NOT cover the re-transmission of those services over the internet. If your church’s services include copyrighted music, a church streaming license is REQUIRED to webcast or stream those services.

Who is eligible for WORSHIPcast?

The WORSHIPcast license is available for churches to webcast or stream services over the internet. Re-transmission of sound recordings is not covered under WORSHIPcast. Churches and most (501c3) non-profit religious organizations located in the U.S. or its territories are eligible for this license.  Churches outside the U.S. or its territories and internet radio stations do not qualify for the WORSHIPcast License.

What songs are covered?

The WORSHIPcast church streaming license allows you to stream your performances of over 25 million Christian and secular songs from the combined catalogs of ASCAPBMI and SESAC.  All genres are covered, from Contemporary Christian and Gospel to Rock, Country, Holiday, Patriotic, Pop, Children’s music and much more. Some popular favorites that are included; “White Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland,” “God Bless the USA,” & “Happy.” To view the songs covered, simply visit each Performance Rights Organization’s Repertory page (links above) and search their catalogs.

Is pre-recorded music covered by WORSHIPcast?

No. WORSHIPcast does not cover streaming rights for any pre- recorded music, including  sound recordings, artist recordings, accompaniment tracks, Multitracks or Stems.  Additional rights must be secured from the sound recording copyright owner in order to legally stream these.

What is CCS's relationship with ASCAP, BMI and SESAC?

CCS partners with performance rights organizations in the US–ASCAP, BMI and SESAC. The PROs authorize CCS to license churches and ministries for the rights to perform and play the songs in their respective catalogs – more than 25 million songs, which allows CCS to provide a one-stop license for all three PRO catalogs of songs. Only churches and religious organizations with a 501c3 tax status qualify for CCS performance licenses. Each of the PROs reserve the right to determine whether or not an organization or entity qualifies for CCS’s licenses.

How much does WORSHIPcast cost?

The WORSHIPcast church streaming license is priced by your church’s total weekly attendance across all of your services.

Total Weekly Attendance Annual Fee One Time Set-up Fee
1-199 $259 $25
200-499 $399 $25
500-1,999 $799 $25
2000-5,999 $1,179 $25
6000-14,999 $1,999 $25
15,000+ $2,949 $25

 

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What can I do with WORSHIPcast?

The WORSHIPcast License allows you to webcast your performances of copyrighted music of 25 million songs. These webcasts can be live or on-demand. Webcasting is not limited to worship services and also covers concerts and studio recordings of your worship team. The WORSHIPcast License does not cover downloading of music or any music posted to any third party website. Webcasting of master recordings or accompaniment tracks requires additional licensing. This license is for performances only, and does not cover duplication of copyrighted materials. Additional licenses may be required in accordance with applicable law.

Do I have to report?

All license holders are required to report, but our simple and easy online report ensures that songwriters are properly compensated for use of their songs.

Why does the catalog size matter?

If a song is not covered by your church streaming license, you have three options. You could not use the song in your set list. You could edit performances of the song out of your video. You could also purchase additional licensing for the song. Choosing a church streaming license with a broad catalog maximizes your creative options, while also saving time and money.

What happens to the fees we pay?

Great art does not happen accidentally. When music and the arts flourish, there is a cultural economic terrain in which songwriters and artists thrive. The next time you buy a church music license, like CCS’s PERFORMmusic License or WORSHIPcast License, or pay an invoice for music rights, take another look at the transaction you’re making. It’s a tremendous opportunity to support songwriters, who in turn will bless your church with new worship songs that proclaim the Gospel, touching and transforming hearts. We pay fees directly to ASCAP, BMI and SESAC, and they then pay their affiliated writers and publishers. The Church plays a vital role in GIVING MUSIC LIFE.

BUNDLE License

What can I do with BUNDLE License?

The PERFORMmusic License covers a wide range of performances of live and pre-recorded music outside of religious services including:

  • Coffee shops
  • Bookstores
  • Concerts (non-ticketed)
  • Retreats
  • Picnics & barbecues
  • Singles groups
  • Dances
  • Carnivals & festivals
  • Graduations
  • Award ceremonies
  • Testimonials & retirements
  • Dance classes
  • Exercise classes
  • Karaoke
  • Conferences & seminars
  • Vacation Bible School
  • Camps
  • Sporting events
  • Movie nights
  • Pageants
  • Youth group gatherings
  • Guest speakers
  • Wedding receptions
  • On-hold music
  • Music before & after service
  • Community events
  • Retirement home visits

The WORSHIPcast License allows you to webcast your performances of copyrighted music of 25 million songs. These webcasts can be live or on-demand. Webcasting is not limited to worship services and also covers concerts and studio recordings of your worship team. The WORSHIPcast License does not cover downloading of music or any music posted to any third party website. Webcasting of master recordings or accompaniment tracks requires additional licensing. This license is for performances only, and does not cover duplication of copyrighted materials. Additional licenses may be required in accordance with applicable law.

What is CCS's relationship with ASCAP, BMI and SESAC?

CCS partners with performance rights organizations in the US–ASCAP, BMI and SESAC. The PROs authorize CCS to license churches and ministries for the rights to perform and play the songs in their respective catalogs – more than 25 million songs, which allows CCS to provide a one-stop license for all three PRO catalogs of songs. Only churches and religious organizations with a 501c3 tax status qualify for CCS performance licenses. Each of the PROs reserve the right to determine whether or not an organization or entity qualifies for CCS’s licenses.

How much does the BUNDLE License cost?

The BUNDLE License is priced by your church’s total weekly attendance across all of your services.

Total Weekly Attendance Annual Fee (incl. 1x Set-up) Bundle 10% Discount Total Annual Fee
1-199 $513 $48.80 $464.20
200-499 $753 $72.80 $680.20
500-1,999 $1,423 $139.80 $1,283.20
2000-5,999 $2,133 $210.80 $1,922.20
6000-14,999 $4,213 $418.80 $3,794.20
15,000+ $5,393 $536.80 $4,856.20

 

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Do I have to report?

All license holders are required to report on streaming music activity, but our simple and easy online report ensures that songwriters are properly compensated for use of their songs.

What happens to the fees we pay?

Great art does not happen accidentally. When music and the arts flourish, there is a cultural economic terrain in which songwriters and artists thrive. The next time you buy a church music license, like CCS’s PERFORMmusic License or WORSHIPcast License, or pay an invoice for music rights, take another look at the transaction you’re making. It’s a tremendous opportunity to support songwriters, who in turn will bless your church with new worship songs that proclaim the Gospel, touching and transforming hearts. We pay fees directly to ASCAP, BMI and SESAC, and they then pay their affiliated writers and publishers. The Church plays a vital role in GIVING MUSIC LIFE.