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Performance Licence Options
The performance of a musical or nativity to an audience (other than pupils and staff) requires an Annual Performance Licence
, even if it's a 'free' performance, wherever in the world the performance takes place. (Please note a Performing Rights Society (PRS) Licence does NOT cover musicals and nativities). An Annual Performance Licence
We issue affordable performance licences to schools, churches, nurseries and other groups which can be obtained in two ways:
If you already have the Book & CD or Book, CD & CD ROM for a product but did not buy an Annual Performance Licence, or if you previously bought a licence that has now expired, you can purchase an Annual Performance Licence online on the product page for your musical or nativity, or you can purchase it on the Buy Licences
page. Alternatively, you can apply, or re-apply for a licence, by completing the performance licence application form to be found in our musical and nativity play books and send it to our current address
. Up-to-date licence prices can be found on our Product Price List
and now cover a 12 month period. Alternatively, please contact our Customer Services department on +44 (0)20 8481 7200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Purchased as part of a Product Pack
Purchase an Annual Performance Licence as part of your Book & CD or Book, CD & CD ROM product pack and it will save you money! See our product pages or the up-to-date price list above for prices.
Performance Rights Granted to Annual Performance Licence Holder
An Annual Performance Licence will permit the holder to:
Perform the musical or nativity during the licence period. The licence will cover any number of performances (free or charging) within a specified time (maximum 12 months from the date of purchase or date of first performance if earlier).
Play the audio tracks (either backing or vocal tracks) at the performance
Photocopying Rights Granted to Annual Performance Licence holder
Photocopying of the published material is permitted under schools' copying licences issued by PML, CLA and CCLI.
UK state schools should report when requested any:
- copying of the lyrics and music on their Schools Printed Music Licence (SPML) returns
- copying of the script, teachers' notes & staging instructions on their Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) returns
Schools that do not have a CLA or SPML licence may under the terms of the Annual Performance Licence
Make up to 2 photocopies or printed copies of the script for learning purposes. Copies must be destroyed after the performance.
Make up to 2 photocopies or printed copies of the music score for use by participating musicians on the performance dates
Reproduce the song lyrics on printed paper, e.g. for programmes, to project the lyrics or to display the lyrics electronically, to make transparencies for overhead projection and to display the lyrics on a touchscreen, interactive whiteboard or other type of screen. The following credit should be included with the lyrics: 'Reproduced by kind permission © Out of the Ark Ltd'
If the songs are used in a school assembly then photocopying, printing, displaying or projecting the lyrics or music score are covered by the school's CCLI licences and should be logged and reported as required by CCLI.
Digital Content Usage Rights Granted to Annual Performance Licence Holder
In addition, where digital copies of the product have been purchased, a number of digital usage rights are granted to the licence holder, including:
Installing Words on Screen™ song files from a CD ROM onto more than one computer or onto a network.
Downloading Words on Screen™ song files onto more than one computer or onto a network.
Continuing to stream Words on Screen™ songs on any device beyond the 12 month free period.
Copying song files from an audio CD onto more than one computer or onto a network.
Copying MP3 audio files onto more than one computer or onto a network.
Uploading digital content to an intranet or learning platform.
Permitting usage of digital content at home for teachers for preparation purposes.
An Out of the Ark Annual Performance Licence is required by customers worldwide, not just in the UK.