Gas, utilities, food...it seems like costs are always going up. Just once, wouldn’t it be nice to hear that your rates were going down? CCS is happy to bring churches and ministries some good news with the launch of WORSHIPcast License v. 2.0 and lower license fees.
Starting as low as $225, annual fees are going down for churches with average weekly attendance under 2,000 beginning October 1.
Through CCS’s partnership with ASCAP, BMI and SESAC (U.S. performance rights organizations), the upgraded WORSHIPcast License features lower rates, more value and simpler online music reporting.
Since 2006, thousands of churches and ministries have utilized WORSHIPcast, the only one-stop church streaming performance license that covers 17 million Christian and secular songs.
“We’ve been listening to our customers who have asked for lower fees and easier reporting,” explains CCS President/Founder Susan Fontaine Godwin. “We’re thrilled that our PRO partners (ASCAP, BMI and SESAC) have worked very hard with us to improve WORSHIPcast and make it more accessible and affordable to smaller churches, while simplifying reporting for all licensees.”
Annual fees are now based on the average weekly attendance or members for churches and ministries.
Churches with more than 5,999 attendance will now get three websites, or URLs, covered by their one license. Fees are higher, but the additional URL coverage represents potential savings of $1,050-1,525 in annual fees.
In addition, licensees with 1-5,999 members are allowed to earn up to annual revenue of $13,000 derived from music on their websites with unique visitors of up to 480,000. Licensees with members more than 6,000 can earn up $20,000 per year and have up to 700,000 unique site visitors.
The online music use reporting requirements have also been greatly simplified, and licensees can easily download their set list of songs into their CCS online account on a weekly basis, recording the number of times the songs have been performed. All licensees must report music use, assuring that your favorite songwriters and publishers will receive increased revenue.
There are two music licensing solutions for churches that want to legally stream their music online. CCLI has a streaming license, as an add-on to their basic church copyright license. We have received many questions about how this license compares to WORSHIPcast church streaming license. Let's take a look.
First, let’s evaluate song catalogs covered by the respective licenses. CCLI's license is based on their catalog of 300,000 Christian songs. The WORSHIPcast license covers more than 17 million Christian, holiday and secular songs from ASCAP, BMI and SESAC, including all the songs in the CCLI programs.
What is the impact of the catalog size? Well, if the song that you want to use is not in the catalog, you can't webcast it without getting additional licensing from the song's owner. Getting this additional permission can take weeks and would cost additional money. Scrimping on catalog size will save some money upfront, but it will also limit what songs you can include in your webcast or require you to spend additional time and money to use songs that are not in the catalog. The WORSHIPcast catalog is 80 times the size of the CCLI catalog, which is also limited only to Christian music.
Second, let's look at price. The WORSHIPcast license fees start at $225 with six tier prices based on average weekly attendance,. The CCLI license has far more tiers and starts at $50 for churches with congregations of less than 25 and goes up to $750. For most churches, the price difference will be a few hundred dollars. Keep in mind that incremental licensing costs for any songs that you use outside of the CCLI catalog would quickly eat up those savings.
USESThe two licenses also differ in the scope of what they allow the licensee to do. The CCLI license allows podcasting and streaming, but is limited only to worship services. The WORSHIPcast doesn’t allow podcasting but covers any of your performances you want to stream, including concerts and produced videos. The CCLI license does not allow you to derive any income from the music you stream, and the WORSHIPcast License allows between $13,000-20,000 in annual revenue for non-commercial purposes.
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