DO I NEED A PERFORMANCE LICENCE: In order to stage any type of performance, which uses any part of one of the publications available on this website, you will need to buy a 'Performance Licence' directly from us. We are the ONLY providers of the particular licence that you require to perform our songs / plays / musicals / nativities. Licences issued by any other organisation do not apply.
Therefore, if you intend to stage any type of performance, using any part of one of our publications, however small, regardless of whether an admission fee is charged or not, regardless of the age/ability of the children, regardless of whether the audience is in the room with you or watching remotely via pre-recorded video or live-stream, and even if the performance is 'only for parents', than you MUST still buy a performance licence from us.
This is a legal requirement worldwide and applies to all types of schools, churches, nurseries, preschools, children's groups, etc. (In the UK via the 'Copyright, Designs & Patents Act 1988', and Worldwide via the 'Berne Convention' and the 'World Intellectual Property Organisation').
PRICE: The full-priced annual licence above is £20, which covers you for as many performances as you want at any time within the next 12 months. However, there is a special half-price offer available if you purchase your licence along with the publication that the licence is to cover, from the relevant product page. i.e. not this page. Please note: If you don't take advantage of the half-price offer and buy one of the regular unlicensed publications instead, but then decide later on that you want to perform after all, then you will need to buy a full-priced licence from this page. So to be clear, the half-price licence offer is only available at the time you order your performance. It cannot be added on later. Instead, a full-price licence needs to purchased from this page.
INSTRUCTIONS: If you are a returning customer who wishes to use this page to purchase a full priced licence, please complete the text boxes above. Then tick the product box and 'Add to Basket'. Complete the checkout process and you are instantly covered for one year (starting from the date of licence purchase). UK schools can also use the same checkout function to pay via school invoice.
MORE: For further information, please see the adjoining 'More' and 'FAQ' tabs.
WHEN YOU DON'T NEED A PERFORMANCE LICENCE: Currently, no licence is required in any of the following circumstances:
SELECTED TITLES: 'Assembly Titles' & 'Song Collections' – You can currently perform these titles without having to purchase a licence, provided the use is educational and non-profit making. However, if your use is non-educational or is a profit-making endeavour, then please purchase a full-priced licence from this page.
FOR USE AS A TEACHING AID OR FOR PERSONAL LISTENING / VIEWING: No licence is required if you have purchased any of our publications for personal listening, or for use as a teaching aid with a group of children WITHIN A CLOSED SETTING ONLY I.e. no parents watching / no audience or congregation of any description, either live in the room with you, or watching remotely via video / streaming.
ACT OF WORSHIP: No licence is required if you intend to only use one or two songs as part of an act of worship within a church service or a school assembly. However, in this circumstance no script use is allowed whatsoever.
WHEN YOU DO NEED A PERFORMANCE LICENCE: In ALL other cases, you are required by law to obtain a performance licence from us, and renew it on an annual basis, as and when the play / musical / nativity is performed again in future years.
PRICES: If you buy your licence at the same time as you buy your play / musical, then you can get your licence at half price. To purchase your half-price licence DO NOT USE THIS PAGE. Instead, please visit the webpage of the publication you're interested in and select the "plus half-price licence" option. HOWEVER, if you are a returning customer who has already bought the publication concerned, then the half-price option is no longer available to you. Instead, please click on the ‘Add to basket’ button above to purchase the full priced licence.
LIFETIME LICENCES: Previously we offered an option to purchase a 'Lifetime Licence' for some our musicals. However, as of January 1st 2019 this special-offer is no longer available. Any lifetime licences purchased prior to this date will of course be honoured, allowing the purchasing body to perform that one musical as many times as required, at any point in the future, without limit. But, from January 1st 2019 onwards, only 'one-year (annual) performance licences' will be available and will need to be renewed annually (as required).
USER LICENCES: From next year many of our publications will have a single licence that combines our annual performance licences with a basic annual user licence (for further info, click here: user / site licence). Therefore, any single annual licence renewal on this page will renew both your performance licence and basic user licence for a further 12 month period, commencing from the date of renewal. Please note that renewals will only be allowed when ordered by the same buyer as the original purchase and when the publication is to be used in the exact same establishment as it was originally used in.
QUESTION: There is no live performance or live audience as we're recording it to put a video on our website. Do we still need a performance licence?
ANSWER: Yes you do. Legally, this is still classed as a performance for an audience. Just because it's a virtual audience watching remotely, doesn't change the fact that you have still performed our work for an audience. In addition, please note that depending on your intended usage, you may also require a 'Recording Rights Licence'.
QUESTION: If we buy a 'Recording Rights Licence' from you, do we need this 'Performance Licence' as well?
ANSWER: Yes, you do. If there is any type of performance, then a performance licence needs to be obtained. This includes performances for virtual audiences watching remotely. In addition, depending on your intended usage, you may also require a 'Recording Rights Licence'. A Recording Rights Licence is purchased in addition to a Performance Licence. It does not replace it.
QUESTION: The children who are performing are only 3 years old, and it's only a few parents watching. Do we still need a licence?
ANSWER: Yes you do. The law makes no distinction for the age of the performers, or for the nature or size of the audience.
QUESTION: We're not charging for admission - do we still need a licence?
ANSWER: Yes, you do. It's still a performance, therefore a performance licence is required.
QUESTION: We're only using a tiny section of the script? We're only using one song? Do we still need a licence?
ANSWER: If you are using ANY part of one of our publications, songs or scripts, to stage any type of performance, however small, then a full-priced performance licence is still required.
QUESTION: Other companies say we don't need a performance licence with them. Why do you say we do?
ANSWER: Obtaining a performance licence from the relevant publisher is a legal requirement worldwide. We have seen a few smaller start-up companies claiming to offer a 'free performance licence', but all they're really doing is including the licence cost within the price of their package. And very often their package prices are still higher than ours! So, you may technically be getting a 'free licence' from another company, but if your total bill is a lot higher, for what ends up being an inferior product, then you're not really gaining anything.
QUESTION: Does my licence cover ALL the musicals I purchase from Learn2soar Music?
ANSWER: Sorry, but no. Each performance licence is applicable to ONE publication only. Therefore, you will require separate licences for each play / musical that you purchase.
QUESTION: Does my licence cover musicals I purchase from other companies, or other websites?
ANSWER: Sorry, but no. We can only provide licences for publications that we own the copyright to. Therefore, any Learn2soar Performance Licence you order, will only cover that one particular Learn2soar publication.
QUESTION: We're not a theatre company, we're only a small charity run preschool. Obtaining a licence doesn't apply to us, does it?
ANSWER: Yes, it does. Every time any establishment (including any school / nursery / playgroup / church / charity / club / children's group etc…) puts on a performance of an original musical / dramatic work, the establishment is required by law to obtain the permission (licence) of the writer or publisher to allow them to do so. Usually, the writer / publisher requires a small fee for this privilege. Learn2soar Limited are the sole licensing representatives of its composers / writers / performers. Therefore, according to the law you must obtain a licence from us to perform any one of our musicals / productions. (Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988)
QUESTION: We're not based in the UK, does it still apply to us?
ANSWER: Yes it does. Although this page refers to UK law, the same copyright terms exist in law in just about every other country worldwide, due to the 'Berne Convention' and the 'World Intellectual Property Organisation'. This entitles Learn2soar Limited (UK) to royalties for any performance that takes place in any of the 164 countries signed up to the convention. For further details please click here.
QUESTION: We've already got a performance licence. Aren't we already covered?
ANSWER: Sorry, but if it's not issued by Learn2soar Limited within 12 months prior to your performance, then you don't have one. Learn2soar Limited are the only providers of the particular licence you require to stage one of our plays / musicals.
QUESTION: Why do we need to get a performance licence anyway? It's not going to matter to anyone?
ANSWER: Two good reasons to get a performance licence: 1) You'll be breaking the law if you don't get one. And if you are found to have staged a performance without a licence then you could face a heavy fine. 2) Performance licences are a valuable source of income for composers / writers / performers. If you are using and enjoying their creative works, isn't it fair to give them what they're due?
QUESTION: Do you check if we have a licence?
ANSWER: Yes, we do. As a result of our annual compliance checks, various schools, nurseries & children's groups around the world (who have performed our material without permission) have been fined. Please don't let this happen to you, by simply buying your licence now.
QUESTION: We already have a licence agreement with the PRS / MCPS / CLA (or other organisation). Aren't we covered with them?
ANSWER: That doesn't apply in this situation, as Learn2soar Limited is not a member of the Performing Rights Society or any similar body worldwide. Learn2soar Limited (UK) are the ONLY providers of the particular licence required to stage one of our products. Performance licences issued by any other organisation do not apply under any circumstance.
QUESTION: What about our agreement with CCLI (Christian Copyright Licensing International)?
ANSWER: CCLI licence you to print / display / copy / share song lyrics and sheet music. Please DO inform them if you copy / print / display or share any of our song lyrics or sheet music. However, you still need a performance licence as well. Learn2soar Limited are the only providers of the performance licence you require to stage one of our publications.
QUESTION: No one will know if we don't get a performance licence, will they?
ANSWER: You may be right but please note that in the past, various establishments have been prosecuted / fined for not having correct licences in place! Please don't let this happen to you. And please note that we DO often end up finding out about performances that have taken place without a licence being issued. (For example, via a parent calling to ask for songs / scripts for their child, or via parent's social media posts). In such cases we are entitled to impose a fine and to invoice for the maximum licence fee due.
QUESTION: We want to record the children's performance onto CD / DVD / video / online subscription - to sell to parents to raise money for school funds, do we need to purchase an additional licence?
ANSWER: Yes, a recording rights licence is required. but in some circumstances this is free. For full details click here.
QUESTION: Part of our performance is being broadcast on local radio / TV / . YouTube / online streaming - do we need another licence?
ANSWER: None of our products (or any part of any of our songs / plays - however small) may be broadcast or openly shared online in any way, shape or form without the express permission of Learn2soar Limited. If permission is given then it is usually granted via the form of various licences: Firstly, the performing establishment needs to ensure that they have a standard performance licence (issued by Learn2soar Limited), as well as a Recording Rights Licence (issued by Learn2soar Limited) where appropriate. In addition, if a TV / radio broadcaster or film company is involved and wishes to record / broadcast / distribute any aspect of any of our publications, or if any print media company wishes to use any aspect of any of our publications in any newspaper / magazine or online publication, then that media organisation will need to obtain special permission from Learn2soar Limited (which may or may not be given depending on the nature of the broadcast / distribution / publication). If permission is granted then the media organisation concerned will have to pay royalties to Learn2soar Limited. Please contact us for details.