Licences & Copyright
(and songs from musicals & cantatas)
If you are planning to stage a musical, whole or in part, or to record the performance and/or songs, you need to apply directly to Starshine Music for a Performing Licence. - details below, or, where available, purchase an Instant Performing Licence (valid for 12 months from purchase). ‘Block’ licences which your school/group/LEA may have do not cover performances of musicals, licences for which are only available from publishers. Performing Starshine musicals without permission from Starshine Music is illegal. Our licences start from as little as £10.00, and safeguard you from prosecution.
Performing songs (from song books)
Most schools have an arrangement with the Performing Rights Society for Music (PRS) either directly, or through their local authority, in which case the performance of songs should be declared to the PRS. Organisations that do not have an arrangement with the PRS who wish to perform our songs should contact Starshine Music directly.
Reproducing music and song lyrics
If you photocopy or reproduce our music or lyrics to create songsheets, acetate slides or store and retrieve them via a computer or a whiteboard etc for times of Collective Worship a licence is required, either directly from Starshine Music (The Repo Licence) or from CCLI. CCLI offers two licences to Schools that cover times of Collective Worship. The Collective Worship Copyright Licence (CWCL) for the reproduction of song lyrics and the Collective Worship Music Reproduction Licence (CWMRL) for the reproduction of material from an authorised printed publication such as the books produced by Starshine Music. If your organisation already has a licence from CCLI it is important that you report your song usage through CCLI’s easy to use CopyReport software and submit your annual return to them.
File-sharing and uploading onto a school learning platform/intranet/VLE
Copying of Starshine Music's Audio CD files and mp3 files is only allowed under licence. Please request a SPL (School Platform Licence/Intranet/Virtual Learning Environment) direct from Starshine Music - 0844 846 4812. N.B. Unauthorised file sharing is illegal.
Uploading sound/video clips of your performances of Starshine musicals and songs onto public websites and YouTube.
This is allowed on condition that the following is clearly stated - Title of musical/song(s) published by Starshine Music, www.starshine.co.uk
The revenue (royalties) raised from Performing Licences is the main source of income for writers. If intellectual copyright, which is protected by law, is not respected and royalties not paid, then there is no incentive for writers to produce new materials.
Performing Licence Application Form
Please use the online performing licence form (on main product pages) to either request a price quote or make an application for a licence. You may also print this form and send to Starshine Music as hard copy. Apply by telephone for a quote and/or licence Please telephone +44 (0)1323 764334
Schools Printed Music Licence (SPML)
From April 2013 schools can take advantage of a new licence that covers the copying of printed sheet music. This includes photocopying, scanning, score writing programmes and posting on a school VLE/Intranet/SLP. The SPML is being offered to schools exclusively by CLA who will act as sole agents. The SPML is available to state maintained and independent schools in England, Wales Scotland and Northern Ireland with students up to the age of 18, except for 6th form colleges and language schools. General information HERE. Detailed information HERE.
This does not affect your need for a CWCL or CWMRL if Starshine Music material is being used within times of Collective Worship as this usage is NOT covered under the terms of the SPML.
Frequently asked questions
|Do we have to pay a licence fee to perform a Starshine musical or cantata if we have a PRS and/or CCL licence?||Yes. 'Block' licences which your school/group/LEA may have do not cover performances of musicals or cantatas or the songs within them, licences for which are only available from publishers. Performing Starshine musicals and cantatas (including the songs within them) without permission from Starshine Music is illegal.|
|Can we charge for tickets?||Schools are allowed to make a ticket charge or ask for donations in order to cover the cost of putting on productions or concerts. This includes costs of materials, licence costs, costumes, props, programmes etc.|
|Do we have to pay a licence fee even if we allow free admission?||Yes. The writers are entitled to receive a fee for use of their work whether admission is charged or not.|
|Do we have to pay a licence fee as we make a collection but donate it to a charity?||Yes. The writers are still entitled to receive a fee for use of their work even if a charitable donation is made.|
|Do we need a licence for our dress rehearsal?||No. - Starshine Music does not charge for dress rehearsals.|
|What is an 'Instant Performing Licence' (IPL)||An instant Performing Licence allows any number of performances* within 12 months of the purchase date. (*Applies with or without admission charges.) Purchasing an IPL may save you money. These licences are available for selected products only and must be purchased at the same time as a Director's Pack. An instant licence does not include video or sound recordings.|
|What about video, DVD and/or sound recordings?||A small licence fee is charged depending on the number of recordings made. Please tel 01323 764334 for a quote.|
|How do I find out how much a performing licence will cost?||You may request a quote online by:- a) completing the Performing Licence Application Form on the main product pages, b) you may print the form and send it to us or c) telephone us at 01323 764334' 01323 764334|
|How do I apply for a performing licence?||You may apply online by:- a) completing the performing licence application form on the main product pages, b) you may print the form and send/fax it to us, c) telephone us at 01323 764334' d) complete the application form in the Director's Book and send/fax to us.|
|Where can I find out more about copyright and licensing?||
Performing Rights Society for Music (PRS) - A good overall description of copyright law, see - http://www.prsformusic.com/users/businessesandliveevents/
CLA - Copyright Licensing Agency - http://www.cla.co.uk/Licencesforeducation