The PMLL Amateur Choir Licence – a legal way to copy music

Many choirs own the music needed to rehearse for concerts. The Amateur Choir Licence is not designed to replace the buying of books, but to make it easier when choirs wish to make photocopies of works for members of their group.

It is important to remember that copying or arranging a work written by someone else does need permission. This can be done either by contacting the publisher of the work directly or under a licensing scheme. The Amateur Choir Licence only covers minor arrangements of songs, such as changing the key to suit the voices of the choir. Any more substantive changes must be cleared directly by the publisher of the work, including any medleys.

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