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Elizabeth's Almost Kind of Complete Guide to Using her Music Digitally

Elizabeth's Almost Kind of Complete Guide to Using her Music Digitally 

(Last updated 9/23/2020)

Please let me know if you can think of ways this guide can be improved! Much of this is uncharted territory!

I. Streaming / Podcasing/ Posting your OWN performances
II. Using performance videos and lyric videos that I have created
III. Using my songs' lyrics in print reproduction, projection or lyric videos
IV. Making practice tracks for musicians
V. Reproducing the music for audience/congregational singing
VI. Inviting me to attend a virtual rehearsal or question-answer conversation

 

FIRST THINGS FIRST. All composers appreciate full attribution of their music, as in:
"TITLE OF SONG"
Words by "AUTHOR," Music by "COMPOSER," Arranged by "ARRANGER"
© "YEAR" by Elizabeth Alexander.
"SPECIFIC USE" (e.g. Streamed, Reprinted, Projected,etc.) by permission of Seafarer Press

 

OKAY, NOT THAT THAT'S OUT OF THE WAY, LET'S DIVE IN!

I. Streaming, podcasting and/or posting YOUR OWN PERFORMANCES of my music, either in a streaming (non-interactive) or a posted video (interactive) fashion:

  1. Yes, go for it!
  2. You are responsible for getting permission for any images you may choose to use in your video
  3. Remember to get express permission from your performers. If there are children in the video, you'll want written permission from their parents/guardians
  4. When you're ready to stream or when you've uploaded your video, please send me a link!
  5. If you are using my music in the context of worship AND if you already have an annual “Streaming/Podcasting” license from One License, your annual license will cover this use of my music. ** Seafarer Press is already a publisher member of One License, and my catalog will be on their website in the next few weeks.
  6. Commercial organizations, large non-profit organizations, or sizeable live or digital events, conferences, or seminars should contact me to determine an appropriate fee. In some cases there might be a specified term for the license.
  7. Small to medium-sized non-profits (choirs, churches, colleges, etc) that are not monetizing their video may use my easygoing sliding scale for fees. My suggested fee is $35-$150, but it's entirely up to you. In determining your fee, you might consider 1) the relative size of your organization's budget, 2) the estimated size of your audience or congregation, and 3) the amount of money you would normally pay a live guest musician. There's no expiration date on my "pay what you believe is fair" license, so you may leave your video up on YouTube or Facebook forever! The process for small to medium-sized non-profits is simple and super-fast! 1) Go to www.paypal.me/seafarerpress 2) Enter the amount you wish to pay 3) In the memo field write your NAME, ORGANIZATION, PERFORMERS, CONTACT INFO (including phone number and address), TITLE and VOICING/INSTRUMENTATION, and (if known) the EXPECTED DATE OF STREAMING OR POSTING. (You don't have to pay with PayPal. There's a way to use a credit card or bank withdrawal
  • You'll be glad to know that the videos on my YouTube channel are NOT monetized, so you won’t have to contend with advertisements disrupting the tone and flow of your event!
  • I'll send you a receipt for your records when I process your payment. That might take a few days, so if you'd like confirmation that I received your payment and you're a-okay to move forward on your project, just drop me a line.

 

II. Using performance videos and lyric videos that I have created, either in a streaming (non-interactive) or an on-demand (interactive) format, the permissions fall into three categories. At some point I'll put together a list of which videos fall into which category. For now, everyone wishing to share my videos should contact me directly to find out which of the three categories their video falls into:

  1. Videos that are Fully Licensable for a wide variety of purposes: (Easy-going sliding rate scale) Many of my music videos may be licensed for streaming, podcasting and embedding, including being fully integrated and archived into a digital concert, worship service or event of your own making.
  2. Videos that may be used for "Educational Purposes Only": (No charge) Because of the nature of some images, some music videos may be used for educational purposes only. (I leave it up to you to decide what that means.) There is no charge for the use of “educational only” videos. These videos may not be monetized, used for fundraising purposes, or used at any event where admission is charged.
  3. Videos that may be Linked or Embedded only, but not compiled into a larger video: (No charge) Because of the nature of some images and/or performances, I don’t have the right to license their use beyond my own internet use. You are, however, free to link or embed those videos on your own website.

Okay, once I've let you know what category applies to your video, it's up to you to decidee which of the following category YOU fall into:

 

  1. Commercial organizations, large non-profit organizations, or sizeable live or digital events, conferences, or seminars should contact me to determine an appropriate fee. In some cases there might be a specified term for the license.
  2. Small to medium-sized non-profits (choirs, churches, colleges, etc) that are not monetizing their video may use my easygoing sliding scale for fees. My suggested fee is $35-$150, but it's entirely up to you. In determining your fee, you might consider 1) the relative size of your organization's budget, 2) the estimated size of your audience or congregation, and 3) the amount of money you would normally pay a live guest musician. There's no expiration date on my "pay what you believe is fair" license, so you may leave your video up on YouTube or Facebook forever! The process for small to medium-sized non-profits is simple and super-fast! 1) Go to www.paypal.me/seafarerpress 2) Enter the amount you wish to pay 3) In the memo field write your NAME, ORGANIZATION, PERFORMERS, CONTACT INFO (including phone number and address), TITLE and VOICING/INSTRUMENTATION, and (if known) the EXPECTED DATE OF STREAMING OR POSTING. (You don't have to pay with PayPal. There's a way to use a credit card or bank withdrawal
  • You'll be glad to know that the videos on my YouTube channel are NOT monetized, so you won’t have to contend with advertisements disrupting the tone and flow of your event!
  • I'll send you a receipt for your records when I process your payment. That might take a few days, so if you'd like confirmation that I received your payment and you're a-okay to move forward on your project, just drop me a line.

 

III. Using my songs' lyrics in print reproduction, projection or lyric videos

  1. Common domain lyrics: Print away!
  2. If you already have an annual “Reprint” license from One License, your annual license will cover this use of your music. ** Seafarer Press is already a publisher member, so my catalog will be on their website in the next few weeks.
  3. Lyrics written by me, unmonetized: As long as your event or video is not monetized, you're free to reproduce my lyrics without a fee
  4. Lyrics written by me, monetized or as a commercial endeavor: Contact me and we'll figure out an appropriate fee
  5. Lyrics written by a someone other than me: You'll want to request permission directly from the copyright holder. I'll be glad to provide you with their contact information.

 

IV. Making practice tracks for musicians

  1. Practice tracks for many of my songs are available at Choral Tracks LLC! www.choraltracks.com
  2. For pieces not in the Choral Tracks library, contact me

 

V. Reproducing the music for audience/congregational singing

  1. If you've purchased choral scores to a song that has a special part for the audience or congregation that's printed right in the choral score, you're free to print or project that part.
  2. I'm still working on developing a written policy that covers the rest of the possible situations, so you'll want to contact me about this.

 

VI. Inviting me to attend a virtural rehearsal or question-answer session via Zoom or Skype

  1. I love virtual choir rehearsals. I get to travel al over the world while staying home!
  2. I never say "no" to any requests for rehearsals, even if the musicians can't afford to pay a fee. (However can I afford to make this offer? Read on!)
  3. First, contact me directly so we can set up a date and time. Depending on your needs, a typical virtual coaching and/or question-answer session runs typically 30-60 minutes.
  4. Then, I ask that musicians who CAN afford it consider paying an honorarium of $75-$100. Because so many musicans are able and willing to be generous, I am able to keep being generous myself!
  5. The payment process is a simple self-service one! 1) Go to www.paypal.me/seafarerpress 2) Enter the amount you wish to pay 3) In the memo field write your NAME, ORGANIZATION NAME, and DATE OF OUR MEETING. (You don't have to pay with PayPal. There's a way to use a credit card or bank withdrawal.)

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