Using music on church premises

Author: Chris Williams

Published on: 29 December 2017

Church buildings can be used for many activities outside of regular times of worship and if any of these activities include the use of music you will need to ensure that the appropriate music performance licences are in place.

The playing of music from a commercial sound recording such as the radio, a CD or MP3 player all require the cover of both a PRS for Church Music and PPL Church Music Licence. Music sung or played in acts of worship are exempt but dance classes, youth clubs, children’s groups or just music played to create an ambiance require both licences. Churches showing films will also require the cover of a PRS for Music Church Licence for music included in the soundtrack. Please consider all premises owned by the church including halls, coffee shops or any church grounds where music may be played at fetes or festivals.

Your church may hold these licences already but if you’re unsure we suggest that you complete a Church Copyright Healthcheck via or call 01323 436100.

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