In September 2023, we launched a public consultation on two new licences designed specifically for the religious sector: Places of Worship Licence and Digital Music Licence for Worship.
We have reviewed the feedback and have responded to specific points, summarised in the document below.
The new Digital Music Licence will come into effect 1 January 2024, and the Digital Music Licence for Worship will replace the Limited Online Music Licence (LOML) for religious organisations who want to use music online and will continue to be available from PRS for Music.
The new Places of Worship Licence will replace the PRS Church Licence, which is sold by the Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI) on our behalf, that will continue to be available via CCLI, as well as directly from the PPL-PRS website.
If you are an existing customer of PRS for Music
These new licences have been designed to help places of worship streamline their licence purchasing experience, be simple for customers to use, and are inclusive of all faiths.
We will also send you a formal notice of the effective date of change in scheme to you.
Frequently Asked Questions
We are also proposing a new Digital Worship Licence to replace the Limited Online Music Licence (LOML). The LOML is non-sector specific and can be difficult for religious organisations to understand, we have decided to replace the LOML with the new Digital Worship Licence as it will be more user friendly and improve the purchasing experience.
PRS for Music Grant of Rights:
- The communication to the public of PRS repertoire.
- The communication to the public of Production Music Sound Recordings.
- Mechanical rights for MCPS affiliated repertoire.
The new Places of Worship Licence will continue to cover religious organisations for:
- General music use
- Up to 6 concerts or recitals within the religious building and associated halls
- Bookshops and cafes will continue to be covered under the licence, provided that they are not a third-party commercially run venture.
This licence doesn’t include:
- Commercially run third party activities, for example a third party hiring the hall for a fitness class or a concert promoter organising a classical concert. They will need to purchase their own licence from PPLPRS Ltd.
The new Digital Worship Licence will cover religious organisations for:
- Streaming worship services, as well as funerals and weddings, on their own website and third-party platforms in video or audio format.
- Activities associated with worship (outside of the list of excluded activities), such as sharing links to worship services via email, or the occasional meeting associated with worship on third-party platforms such as Zoom or Teams.