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Licensing for Streaming Worship Services

Meet your congregation’s needs for remote worship events

Updated Thursday, July 23

As concerns over COVID-19 continue in North America and around the world, churches continue to provide resources for virtual worship gatherings. The ELCA continues to provide regularly updated guidance on the current situation at elca.org/publichealth, including a guide on streaming worship services and prayers for times of public health concern.

Licensing Liturgies beginning September 1

By September 1 you will need to subscribe to an Augsburg Fortress Liturgy License (for the broadest coverage of Augsburg Fortress liturgy copyrights) or the Evangelical Lutheran Worship Liturgy License (for coverage of ELW resource family copyrights) in order to continue livestreaming/ podcasting this content in services that take place after that date. (The Augsburg Fortress Liturgy License is included in a sundaysandseasons.com subscription; no additional subscription for liturgical content is needed.) You may subscribe at augsburgfortress.org beginning August 15, or you may call 800-328-4648 to subscribe at any time.

Licensing Hymns and Vocal/Instrumental Music beginning September 1

Beginning September 1, to livestream/podcast copyrighted hymns as well as vocal/instrumental music (choral, vocal solo, organ, piano, handbells, etc.), you will need to subscribe to one of the One License livestream/podcast options, which cover Augsburg Fortress hymn and vocal/instrumental music copyrights as well as those of many other publishers.

Temporary Expanded Licensing Continues through August 31

Through August 31, 2020, Augsburg Fortress is extending its temporary permission for worshiping communities to include Augsburg Fortress administered liturgy texts/music, hymns, and vocal/instrumental music copyrights in a livestream or podcast when that content is being used for worship. No reporting is required. Congregations wishing to make use of this limited time license should use the following credit line format to demonstrate that they have received permission through this announcement:
[Copyrighted element(s)] [Copyright notice]. Used by permission of Augsburg Fortress.

Contact Us

For questions and assistance regarding licensing for livestreaming or podcasting your worship, contact copyright@1517.media. Please include a phone number in your email.