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Planning for Streaming Worship due to COVID-19

Wednesday, March 11, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Laurice Grae-Hauck
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Dear colleagues,

As the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 climb, we are responding to requests for how to move worship online. Many of our congregations on the West Coast are already doing this. Other congregations are taking measures to prevent spreading illnesses within their walls. We are working with other faith organizations to bring you information and ideas on how to continue to share your music ministry during this time.

I will continue to update this page as information becomes available.

Several of our colleagues have reached out about copyright issues. We are addressing this in a couple of ways. First, we are working to schedule a video roundtable discussion where you can ask questions of your colleagues, get ideas and maybe some answers, and feel supported. While we are working to confirm legal counsel for this meeting, a discussion will allow us to gather your questions and work to get you answers if no counsel is available. Watch for an invitation. Another work in progress is a limited WorshipCast license. More news coming soon (we hope).

We are gathering permissions for streaming from our members. View the current list of permissions granted.

Need accompaniment for hymns? See what we have available.

You can also use the AUUMM Music Database for ideas.


OneLicense offering limited time free membership (added March 19, 2020)

Please find some helpful information on the UUA website:

Worship Planning for Online Services  

A Guide to Streaming Sunday Services, Meetings, and Classes

Copyright Infringement on the Web

Guidelines for Using UUA-Copyrighted Materials in Virtual Worship (added March 13, 2020)

An account of how one congregation jumped online in response to coronavirus. Read more. Please note there is no mention of copyright here, just technical setup.

Considering a WorshipCast streaming license? Annual fees start around $250. Learn more here. They also offer blanket licenses.

Church Music Publishers Association Guide to Copyright Information does not cover ALL of the Copyright Act, but is fairly healthy with information.

In Service, 
Laurice Grae-Hauck
Acting Executive Director
gender pronouns: she/her/hers (what's this?)
pronounced: LOR-ris GRAY-howk

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