UK schools licensing

Information about using Copyright Protected Music (applicable to schools in the UK only)

We provide the below information to help schools and teachers understand how copyright material can be used legally within a school. Please note that the below information is relevant only in the UK. For information about copyright exceptions or the use of copyright content in schools outside the UK, please contact your local Intellectual Property Office and Collective Rights Management Organisations.

Using sheet music, notation and/or lyrics

The Schools Printed Music Licence (SPML) permits photocopying or scanning of entire musical works from UK printed music publications or 10% of an anthology (eg all Trinity College London Press graded books are anthologies) or choral works for activities within the curriculum. The school must own at least one original copy of the music and the copy must be for use in school activities. 

The SPML is available (exclusively from the Copyright Licensing Agency) to all state-maintained and independent schools in the UK. For any exceptions and exclusions as well for further information please see the following link:

www.cla.co.uk/schools-printed-music-licence

The Schools Printed Music Licence does not permit copying of printed musical works for private music lessons. Please see the following guidance for peripatetic teachers:

www.cla.co.uk/sites/default/files/Guidance-for-Peripatetic-Teachers.pdf

The Schools Printed Music Licence permits the reproduction of works only from printed music publications. To make copies of musical works from a digital source, permission must be sought directly from the music publisher.

Performing music or using pre-recorded music

No licence is currently required to play or perform music before an audience of teachers and pupils as part of a lesson.

Performing copyrighted music for extra-curricular activities: Schools that host live music performances need a blanket licence from PRS.

Playing pre-recorded music for extra-curricular activities: Playing music from CDs, records, tapes, MP3 files, audio downloads or streaming pre-recorded music requires performance rights licences from PRS for Music and PPL (both licences are available from the Centre for Education & Finance Management, www.cefm.co.uk).

 

For further information please see the following


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