According to the APRA Performance Agreement Grant of Rights:
Subject to the terms set out in this agreement, APRA grants a non-exclusive licence to each Participating School to perform in public all APRA Works:
(a) for the educational purposes of the Participating School:
  • (i) at the Participating School; or
(ii) at any event connected with the activities of the Participating School;
(b) for the purposes set out in the Co-Curricular Licence between Roadshow Films Pty Ltd and the Licensee; and
(c) for the purposes of providing music-on-hold at the premises of each Participating School.

What does this mean for Catholic Schools who wish to use hymns/liturgical music for educational purposes?

The APRA Performance Licence will cover you for:

Performances for educational purposes at the school or at events connected with the activities of the school. This covers the majority of performances at the school including assemblies, presentation evenings (even when held off the school grounds and admission isn’t charged), and concerts by students or background music to school events such as sports days, open days or fetes.
It also covers use of hymns/liturgical music for educational purposes.

Schools may also reproduce sheet music within specified limitations: please see further information about this on the APRA/AMCOS site.
Please note: 3 artists (John Burland, Michael Mangan and Andrew Chinn) have opted out of this licence. This means that you must purchase a licence from each of them in order to upload any of their music to a password protected intranet/learning management system. Performance is still permissable without this licence.

All other music may be uploaded onto a password protected intranet/learning managment system for the purposes of education. It is best practise to upload only the specific songs required, and to remove them once they are no longer being used. Uploading music 'just in case' it may be used is not covered by any licence.

WHEN IS A SPECIAL “CHURCH MUSIC” LICENCE REQUIRED BY A SCHOOL(S)?
Schools must purchase a specific licence from organisations such as Word of Life International, Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI) or LicenSing Online in order to reproduce the lyrics of hymns/liturgical music - in booklets, powerpoints etc.

This is the only type of licence schools need to purchase.
For reproduction of lyrics of songs not included in the databases of these organisations (including secular/popular music) permission must be sought from the copyright holder of the song. Contact AMCOS/APRA in this case.
An extremely helpful and detailed overview of how copyright works with relation to Liturgical Music in schools is available for download from the Australian Pastoral Musicians Network here.
Specific licences for the reproduction of Church music may be obtained from organisations below. The hyperlink will take you to the licencing page:
Word of Life International
PO Box 345
MIRBOO NORTH VIC 3871
Tel: (03) 5664 9245
Fax: (03) 5664 9249
Website: www.freelink.com.au
Licence required:
Annual Restricted Copy Licence
Christian Copyright
Licensing International
PO Box 6644 Baulkham Hills BC, NSW 2153
Ph: (02) 9894 5386 or
1800 635 474
Website: www.ccli.com.au
Licence required:
Schools Copyright Licence

LicencSing Online
Contact Monica O'Brien
Email: australia@licensingonline.org
Telephone: (02) 9948 3957

Licence required:
School Music Reproduction Licence

Many Catholic Schools across Australia already purchase one or other of the available “Church Music” Copyright licences. Also it should be remembered that each licensing organisation may have a different repertoire of licensed works.
Specialist advice on liturgical music issues can be obtained from the Australian Copyright Council on (02) 9318 1788. The Australian Copyright Council provides copyright advice and sells a range of guides, including a guide for Churches. Their web site is: http://www.copyright.org.au

Need more information?


Specialist advice on liturgical music issues can be obtained from the Australian Copyright Council on (02) 9318 1788.

The Australian Copyright Council provides copyright advice and sells a range of guides, including a guide for Churches. Their web site is: http://www.copyright.org.au/

Other useful websites include:

Smartcopying
http://www.smartcopying.edu.au

APRA/AMCOS
www.apra-amcos.com.au/MusicConsumers/MusicinBusiness/Schools.aspx

Word of Life
http://www.freelink.com.au/wolstart.htm

Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI)
www.ccli.com.au