In last month’s Blog post we let you know that there are a lot of changes coming to Learn2soar Music during 2019, and that we would be sharing all our exciting news with you, bit by bit. So to start off, we want to inform you of important changes we’re making to the way we sell our performance licences.
What are Performance Licences?
If you intend to stage any type of performance using our plays and musicals, then by law you need to purchase one of our performance licences directly from us. This is a legal requirement worldwide* and applies to all types of schools, churches, nurseries, preschools, children’s groups, etc. *(In the UK via the ‘Copyright, Designs & Patents Act 1988’, and Worldwide via the ‘Berne Convention’ and the ‘World Intellectual Property Organisation’). So what are these changes?
Are your music / performance licensing needs really covered through one universal license? Perhaps you should double-check that?
Recently we’ve spoken with a number of schools, churches and preschools about their licensing needs. Not just here in the UK, but also in Ireland and the USA. Many of them have told us that they’ve been contacted by unspecified organisations who are trying to sell ‘universal licensing’ or ‘covering licences’.
6 out of 10 Nativity Plays performed by schools, nurseries, preschools, playgroups and churches may accidentally break the law in one of three ways…
Over the last few weeks thousands of schools, nurseries, preschools and churches have performed Christmas musicals and nativity plays, not just here in the British Isles, but also in the 40 or so countries around the world, which we regularly sell to. However, behind all the costumes, glitter, joyful songs and smiling faces, it may shock you to know that in our experience, roughly 6 out of every 10 establishments staging nativity plays, may have inadvertently broken the law in one of 3 ways…
1. No Performance Licence
It is a legal requirement worldwide that a performance licence is in place for any performance of any play or musical. This includes children’s Christmas musicals and nativity plays. We make it extremely easy for customers to buy their licence at the same time as they buy their performances from us, for the low price of just £10. There are no forms to fill out and we believe that our prices are the lowest in the market, yet only around 40% of customers actually buy a performance licence.
The big problem is that there are a lot of common misconceptions which we hear all the time… We’re only performing to parents… We’re not charging admission… We’re only using a small part of the script or just a few songs… Our children are only 3 years old… and in all these cases it sadly makes no difference whatsoever. A performance licence is still required by law. (In the UK via the ‘Copyright, Designs & Patents Act 1988’, and worldwide via the ‘Berne Convention’ and the ‘World Intellectual Property Organisation’). Continue reading “On The Naughty List: How 60% of Nativity Plays might break the law”