The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: A Copyright Guide For Churches

This year, Her Majesty The Queen becomes the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee.

Communities across the Commonwealth will join together to mark her historic reign, with churches throughout the UK set to be at the centre of events, participating in acts of service, and upholding Her Majesty in prayer and song.

In this article we highlight when to consider copyright as you plan events, as well as some of the resources available to help you engage all ages in the faith that has underpinned Her Majesty’s 70 years of service.

Music Licensing For Jubilee Events

PRS for Music and PPL are the organisations which license the public performance of live and recorded music in the UK. Both organisations have made a special concession for small community events, such as street parties, celebrating the Jubilee, provided certain conditions are met:

  • The event takes place over the Jubilee bank holiday weekend, 2nd – 5th
  • Total expected attendance is less than 300.
  • The event is run by volunteers and does not generate a profit.
  • The event is provided for the local community.

Showing Live TV Broadcasts

There will be significant TV coverage throughout the weekend. Beginning with The Queen’s Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour) on Thursday 2nd June, followed by a Service of Thanksgiving from St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday 3rd, and culminating with a Party at the Palace on Saturday 4th.

Your venue would normally require a TV Licence as well as PRS for Music and PPL licences to show a television broadcast as part of a public event. However, in line with PRS for Music and PPL, the BBC has granted special dispensation for the use of TV equipment to show live programmes in a community setting over the Jubilee weekend. This dispensation does not extend to TV recordings, downloads or on demand services such as BBC iPlayer.

Jubilee Songs

A new song, Rise Up And Serve, written by Graham Kendrick, Mal Pope, and Rend Collective has been commissioned by Hope Together. A song for pre-schoolers called Happy Royal Jubilee is also available for download.

Both songs are covered by the CCLI Church Copyright Licence, with lyrics and sheet music for Rise Up And Serve available on SongSelect and the Hope Together Jubilee website. The official video for Rise Up And Serve will feature choirs and singers from across the Commonwealth.

Jubilee Resources

A special book featuring rarely seen prayers the Queen prayed as she prepared for her coronation, and a Happyland animation and book ‘The Girl Who Grew Up To Be Queen’ are two of the resources available to order as giveaways. In addition, a series of resources for schools, children, and young people will be available in the run up to the Jubilee weekend. For the latest information, visit Hope Together’s Platinum Jubilee website.

Official customisable banners, posters and publicity resources will be available from CPO. As always, CCLI recommends that you don’t otherwise use any logos, images or copyrighted text in your own publicity, unless you have obtained permission to do so.

Should you have any questions about using copyright materials in your Jubilee activities, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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