Licensing for Streaming Worship Services

Meet your congregation’s needs for remote worship events

Updated Thursday, July 23, 2020

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, including a guide on streaming worship services and prayers for times of public health concern.

Licensing Liturgies beginning September 1, 2020

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 / ACS resource family copyrights) in order to continue live-streaming / podcasting this content in services that take place after that date. (The Augsburg Fortress Liturgy License is included in a subscription; no additional subscription for liturgical content is needed.) You may subscribe at beginning August 15, 2020 or you may call 800-328-4648 to subscribe at any time.

Licensing Hymns and Vocal/Instrumental Music beginning September 1, 2020

Beginning September 1,2020 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.

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