Licences & Copyright
(see No. 7 for Instant Performing Licence info)
1 - Performing musicals (and songs from musicals & cantatas)
If you are planning to stage a musical/cantata, whole or in part, or to record the performance and/or songs, you need to apply directly to Starshine Music for a Performing and/or recording Licence, or, where available, purchase an Instant Performing Licence (valid for 12 months from purchase). These musical works are covered by international copyright law known as 'Grand Rights'. ‘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. You can order your licence direct from the order form on our product pages.
2 - 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 at firstname.lastname@example.org with details of the planned performances and/or recordings.
3 - Reproducing music and song lyrics
All photocopying, reproduction and file-storage of our songs must be licensed. You can get licence cover either
a) by purchasing a Platform Licence for the product concerned direct from the product order page on our website - www.starshine.co.uk
b) by reporting all songs via your CCLI account, if you have one.
All schools in England with a DFE unique reference number – URN – are automatically covered by a CCLI licence
BUT… each school must activate their own licence and complete an online report form every year.
TO ACTIVATE your school’s CCLI licence, go to http://schools.uk.ccli.com/reporting and enter your URN.
For more information about CCLI and the licences they offer, or to apply for a licence, please contact them on 01323 4361030 or at www.ccli.co.uk/schools.
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 online service and submit your annual return to them.
4 - 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. You can order a School Platform Licence for use on the school's /Intranet/Virtual Learning Environment direct from Starshine Music on the order form for each product.
N.B. Unauthorised file sharing is illegal
5 - 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) followed by 'Published by Starshine Music, www.starshine.co.uk '
6 - Intellectual copyright
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.
7 - Instant Performing Licence (IPL)
An Instant Performing Licence applies to performances where there is either no entry charge or the maximum charge/voluntary contribution is less than £1.50 per seat. The IPL allows any number of performances within 12 months of the product purchase date. Purchasing an Instant Performing Licence may save you money but these licences must be purchased at the same time as a Director's Pack. An option to purchase an IPL will pop up on the order form when ordering a Director's Pack or Director's Pack with QS.
8 - Sound/Video/DVD recording licence
Where the average tickets/voluntary contributions exceed £1.50 a seat, please use the online application form on the product page of your musical/cantata.
An instant licence does not include video or sound recordings which have to be applied for separately. Please use the online performing licence form (link on main product pages) to calculate and order/purchase a recording licence.
9- Schools Printed Music Licence (SPML)
From April 2013 schools can take advantage of a new licence that covers the copying of printed sheet music, which includes the lyrics and text between musical numbers, (script/dialogue/narration). 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, with the exception of 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 CCLI 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?
An instant licence does not include video or sound recordings which have to be applied for separately. Please use the online recording licence form ((the is link on main product pages, order section) to calculate and order/purchase a recording licence
How do I find out how much a performing and/or a recording licence will cost?
Please use the online application form - the link is on the main musical or cantata product pages in the order section - Performing and/or Video/Sound Recording Licence - Calculate
How do I apply for a performing licence?
As above then add to your basket in the normal way. You will be offered a choice of invoice / purchase order (U.K. only) or credit card / PayPal (Worldwide).
Where can I find out more about copyright and licensing?
Performing Rights Society for Music (PRS) - A good overall description of copyright law, see -www.prsformusic.com/users/businessesandliveevents/musicforbusinesses/Pages/WhatisPRSforMusic.aspx
CLA - Copyright Licensing Agency - www.cla.co.uk/Licencesforeducation
The Copyright Hub - www.copyrighthub.co.uk/
(Schools' section - www.copyrighthub.co.uk/find-out/schools-and-academia )