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Audio/Video/DVD Recordings – What licence do you need?

We are of course delighted that you want to record your children singing our songs or performing one our musicals or nativities. Here's how you can be sure that you are properly licensed for doing so.

Putting Audio or Video Recordings Online
Permission to upload audio or video recordings of your children performing our works, is already included in our Annual Digital Site Licences (for Songbooks) or Annual Performance Licences (for Musicals & Nativities). These can be purchased here on our licences page. These allow you to upload audio or video recordings to your school's intranet or learning platform and also public websites including your school's website, YouTube or other social media platforms (subject to your safeguarding policy). 

Please note that this permission is only intended to cover your children performing our works. Out of the Ark's original recordings can only be used as an accompaniment to the children singing. Out of the Ark must be credited, plus an inbound link to www.outoftheark.com must be provided from your website.


Producing CDs or DVDs for Distribution
If you have produced a CD or DVD of your recordings for distribution, then a licence will be required. Licensing depends on where you are located, what type of organization you are and what you have recorded.
To find out which licence you require, please refer to the list below and notes that follow. 

ENGLAND

State-mantained schools or their nurseries
  1. Musicals or Nativities: A Limited Manufacture Licence must be bought from Out of the Ark Music
  2. Concerts and Other*: A Schools Limited Manufacture Licence is provided by the DfE
All other schools and nurseries
  1. Musicals or Nativities: A Limited Manufacture Licence must be bought from Out of the Ark Music
  2. Concerts and Other*: A Schools Limited Manufacture Licence must be bought from CEFM
All other organizations
  1. Musicals or Nativities: A Limited Manufacture Licence must be bought from Out of the Ark Music
  2. Concerts and Other*: A Limited Manufacture Licence must be bought from PRS for Music
     

SCOTLAND, WALES, NORTHERN IRELAND

All schools and nurseries
  1. Musicals or Nativities: Limited Manufacture Licence must be bought from Out of the Ark Music
  2. Concerts and Other*: Schools Limited Manufacture Licence must be bought from CEFM
All other organizations
  1. Musicals or Nativities: Limited Manufacture Licence must be bought from Out of the Ark Music
  2. Concerts and Other*: Limited Manufacture Licence must be bought from PRS for Music
     

REST OF THE WORLD

All organizations
  1. Musicals, Nativities, Concerts and Other*: Limited Manufacture Licence must be bought from Out of the Ark Music


NOTES

A. Limited Manufacture Licence (from Out of the Ark Music)
Our Musicals and Nativities are classed as 'dramatico-musical' works (i.e. where music is combined with dramatic action) or 'Grand Rights' works. All licences to produce CDs or DVDs for distribution must come from us unless you are just singing a few songs from the production without acting it out. We appreciate that you have already bought a product from us and licenced the performance and so our Limited Manufacture Licences are heavily discounted. Our prices are as follows: 
  • £20 for up to 100 copies
  • £30 for up to 250 copies
  • £40 for up to 500 copies
  • £50 for up to 1000 copies
You are also allowed to charge parents for your CDs/DVDs on a non-commercial basis.
To purchase an Out of the Ark Limited Manufacture Licence, please contact our Customer Services team at music@outoftheark.com or call +44 (0) 20 8481 7200.

B. Schools Limited Manufacture Licence (provided by the DfE)
For England only, the Department for Education has purchased a blanket licence to cover state-mantained schools and their nurseries for the production of up to 1000 units (CDs or DVDs) per year. Should your school wish to exceed this number of units, please contact CEFM for a top-up licence (see below). This licence does not cover Musicals and Nativites (i.e. 'dramatico-musical' or 'Grand Rights' works).

C. Schools Limited Manufacture Licence (from CEFM)
Non state-maintained schools or nurseries in England or any school or nursery in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland must purchase a Schools Limited Manufacture Licence from the Centre for Education & Finance Management (CEFM) which administers the MCPS/PPL licence on behalf of schools. Go to www.cefm.co.uk/licensing/mcps. This licence does not cover Musicals and Nativites (i.e. 'dramatico-musical' or 'Grand Rights' works).

D. Limited Manufacture Licence (from PRS for Music)
All other organizations in the UK will need to purchase a Limited Manufacture Licence direct from PRS for Music at www.prsformusic.com/licences/releasing-music-products/limited-manufacture. This licence does not cover Musicals and Nativites (i.e. 'dramatico-musical' or 'Grand Rights' works).

*Please note that Churches and Schools who have a Church Copyright Licence or Collective Worship Copyright Licence from CCLI can record their services or assemblies including the 'live' music by audio or video means for those unable to attend. Please refer to www.uk.ccli.com/copyright-licences/ccl-cwcl-manual and report copies on your CCLI return. However, this licence does not cover Musicals and Nativites (i.e. 'dramatico-musical' or 'Grand Rights' works).

Please contact our Customer Services team at music@outoftheark.com or call +44 (0) 20 8481 7200 if you need any further advice.
 
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