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Licensing for schools

How schools are licensed for music use

We're currently working with the National Copyright Unit to finalise a new comprehensive music licence for schools. In the meantime, schools can rely on an interim licence that provides all of the coverage of the previous schools licences (the Public Performance, Print Music and Audio-Visual licences) as well as some additional rights that enable schools to copy sheet music digitally and share recordings of school events online.

We'll update this page when the new licence is ready.

Activities that require further permission or licensing

  • Performing a Grand Right Work in its entirety. Grand Right Works are productions where the music and lyrics have been expressly written for the production – eg: Broadway musicals, musical films, operas, operettas, ballets, oratorios, and large choral works
  • Copying print music for the purposes of private instrumental/vocal tuition (even if lessons occur at school and/or during school time)
  • Making print arrangements that alter the nature of the work (eg. changing the melody, harmonies or lyrics)
  • Relying on the licence for commercial activities where the primary purpose is the advertising or promotion of the school (including recruitment campaigns) or a third party. Promotion of students' work and school events is permitted under the licence.