Live performance of Music & Words
Provided that an event is congregational worship (‘an act of divine worship’) and is not a presentation or performance, no fees are payable for using copyright music and words, though if words are reproduced on hymn-sheets or projected on a screen, and/or if a choir or band are using copied pages from a hymnbook, you need the relevant permissions or licences, as outlined on Copyright Basics.
Performance of copyright works outside ‘divine worship’
If the event you are planning constitutes a performance outside of an act of divine worship – in other words, an audience is listening to a singing group, band, or choir performing, or to an instrumental recital – and if copyright material is being used, performance royalties must be paid. The Performing Right Society (PRS) will license performances directly, or CCLE offer a licence for churches on their behalf – see Copyright Agencies.
Neither the PRS or the CCLE administer performing licenses with respect to Musicals, so permission to perform any musical must be sought direct from the copyright owner.
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