Temporary Expanded Licensing for Streaming Worship Services

Meet your congregation’s needs during these extraordinary circumstances

 Friday, March 13, 2020 - Updated May 15, 2020

With the outbreaks of coronavirus disease 2019 in North America and around the world, many congregations have been acting in various ways to provide resources for virtual worship gatherings. The ELCA continues to provide regularly updated guidance on the current situation at, including a guide on streaming worship services and prayers for times of public health concern.

Augsburg Fortress is extending through July 31, 2020, its temporary permission for worshiping communities to include Augsburg Fortress administered liturgical text and liturgical music copyrights in a livestream or podcast. You have permission to livestream or podcast all liturgy and music content under copyright to or administered by Augsburg Fortress when that content is being used for worship. No reporting is required. The following content is included:

  • All liturgical text and liturgical music under copyright to or administered by Augsburg Fortress
  • All service music, hymns, and songs under copyright to or administered by Augsburg Fortress
  • Augsburg Fortress choral, keyboard, and instrumental music

Please note: The coverage under this license is limited to livestreaming or podcasting (not reprinting or otherwise reproducing) of Augsburg Fortress copyrights only. Our resources, particularly our hymnals, include many items whose copyrights are administered by other rights holders. This temporarily expanded license DOES NOT cover material controlled by rights holders other than Augsburg Fortress. To license coverage for content from many more publishers in addition to Augsburg Fortress, we recommend that churches explore the options offered by One License.

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.

Note: Congregations who subscribe to may review the details of expanded licensing to support livestreaming worship services in the May 15, 2020 Subscriber News Item.

Each of us at Augsburg Fortress, and 1517 Media remains committed to the work of supporting your ministry. If you have any questions about how we can continue to do so during these extraordinary circumstances, please do not hesitate to call us at 800-328-4648 or contact our sales and service team.