Melissa Bradshaw

PMLL launches new licence for UK Amateur Choirs

2:30, 17th September 2019

Printed Music Licensing Limited (PMLL), part of the MPA (Music Publishers Association), has launched a brand-new licence, the Amateur Choir Licence.

Initially available on a six-month trial basis, the new licence will not only protect the rights of songwriters and publishers but will also allow for easier access to sheet music for amateur choirs across the UK. All choirs wishing to participate will be asked to complete a short survey before and after the trial.

PMLL defines an Amateur Choir as ‘a group of singers whose members do not get paid to rehearse or perform (although they may be reimbursed for travel and subsistence expenses), and whose main purpose is for recreational singing and performance’. A professional choir pays its members for rehearsal and/or performance whether on a freelance or salaried basis, and is not covered by the Amateur Choir Licence.

PMLL general manager Viki Smith says: ‘I am thrilled to be extending PMLL’s services to amateur choirs across the UK. The extensive repertoire controlled by PMLL’s Membership will provide a diverse range of music to choirs who may not have been able to access it before. I look forward to seeing how this new licence can transform the musical landscape within the UK.’

For more information visit www.printmusiclicensing.co.uk.

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