Temporary Expanded Licensing for Streaming Worship Services

Meet your congregation’s needs during these extraordinary circumstances

Friday, March 13, 2020

With the outbreaks of coronavirus disease 2019 in North America and around the world, congregations are seeking information about how to prepare for various circumstances, including advice being given in some situations to avoid gathering for public worship. The ELCA has provided broad guidance on the current situation at, including a guide on streaming worship services and prayers for times of public health concern.

Congregations who subscribe to may review the details of expanded licensing to support livestreaming worship services in the March 13 Subscriber News Item.

In addition to congregations who subscribe to or one of our Augsburg Fortress hymn and liturgy licenses, Augsburg Fortress is temporarily expanding permission for all ELCA and ELCIC congregations and worshiping communities to include Augsburg Fortress administered liturgical text and liturgical music copyrights in a livestream or podcast. From March 15 through May 31, 2020, 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 (livestream/podcast only)

Please note: This expanded license for livestreaming is limited to 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.

Many rights holders license reproduction/reprinting and livestreaming/podcasting of their content through One License, including Augsburg Fortress for our hymn content. One License has announced the availability of temporary gratis licenses for reprinting and livestreaming, valid through April 15, 2020. To sign up or for more information, visit

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.