Streaming Christmas Programs and Worship Services
Streaming services and events have become extremely valuable to churches and ministries within the last couple of years. And this is especially true around Christmastime. Streaming your church Christmas programs expands your audience and maximizes the reach of your message.
Which streaming license is right for your church?
You have options when deciding which streaming license your church needs this Christmas. Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI) and Christian Copyright Solutions (CCS) both offer church streaming licenses that provide coverage for your church-owned website (churchname.com). Not sure which one is right for your church or ministry? The answers to a few key questions may help guide your licensing choice.
1. What type of holiday performances, services, or events will you be streaming?
2. What types of songs or music will you play during the streaming session?
3. Does your church use sound recordings during your streaming service?
The CCLI Streaming License allows podcasting and streaming of worship services only. So, if you plan on streaming just your worship services, the CCLI Streaming License has you covered. However, for the flexibility to engage your congregation by streaming worship services, special events, and guest performances, your church will need the WORSHIPcast License.
The WORSHIPcast Streaming License covers live and archived performances of your worship services, programs, and events. So, in addition to your services, you can stream children’s programs and pageants, Christmas concerts, drive-by nativities, handbell performances, and more.
The WORSHIPcast Streaming License covers more than 28 million secular and Christian songs across all genres, including popular Christmas carols and children’s songs from the catalogs of ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC. The CCLI Streaming License covers more than 300,000 Christian songs from the CCLI catalog. If you’re planning on only streaming Christian music, and your church maintains a CCL Copyright License, the CCLI Streaming License is a great fit. If your church or ministry plans to stream any music outside the CCLI catalog, you will need a WORSHIPcast License.
Sound Recordings or Multitracks
Many churches enhance their streaming service with master recordings, backing tracks, multitracks, or stems. If this is your church, the CCLI Church Streaming Plus License can provide you with over 150,000 recordings that can be used anytime throughout your service stream. The WORSHIPcast Streaming License does not offer coverage for sound recordings. Licensing is available from the master recording owner.
The CCLI Streaming License(s) provides coverage to show lyrics for the songs in the CCLI catalog and to stream on social media or other third-party platforms.
For more information visit https://ccli.com/streaming