Printed Music Licence – FAQs

What does the licence cover?

The licence allows the photocopying of sheet music (provided an original copy is owned in physical format or downloaded in pdf form, from a licensed source). Arrangements of music can also be made.

Does this licence cover photocopying in schools?

No. The Schools Printed Music Licence (SPML) already allows teachers employed by the school and teachers employed by the Music Service who provide music teaching to photocopy and arrange sheet music within schools. The Department for Education centrally pays for this licence for all schools and academies within England, and schools are licensed centrally in Scotland and Northern Ireland through the government. In Wales schools are licensed on a school by school or Local Authority basis and Independent schools are licensed individually.

What is the licence term?

The licence term would be for 1 calendar year. This can then be renewed on an annual basis. The current licence will run from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021.

What happens if we cancel the licence?

If the licence is not renewed, then all copies and arrangements made under the licence must be destroyed. This includes any electronic copies stored on a VLE. Copies can be retained each year but must be registered as new use and reported in data returns to the PMLL.

Will PMLL visit us to perform an inspection?

PMLL can, with reasonable notice, visit Lewisham Music to ensure that the terms and conditions of the licence are being adhered to. They would generally only enact this if we become aware of misuse of the licence.

Does it cover all activities run by Lewisham Music?

The licence covers ‘area activities’ including small group vocal or instrumental music teaching and small and large ensembles, over and above the Collective Educational Provision of the schools or Local Authority area on whose behalf it is being provided. Licensed Copies are permitted to be used in relation to performance events for which entrance fees or monetary collections are taken provided such fees or collections are used entirely as a contribution towards the running costs of Lewisham Music. It does not cover private individual or vocal or instrumental teaching or any other commercial activities.

Does it cover other organisations within the Music Education Hub?

The licence is limited to Lewisham Music staff only and does not cover other partner organisations within the Music Education Hub. For activities taking place as part of in-school provision these are covered by the Schools Printed Music Licence (SPML).

Is there a list of Publishers whose works are covered by the licence?

Please download the list of Publishers below.

List of Publishers

Are any works excluded from the licence?

Please visit the PMLL website for a list of Publishers that have excluded all or some their works.

List of excluded Publishers

Do I have to own an original copy of the music?

Yes an original copy of the physical sheet music or a licensed print of a downloaded copy must be purchased before any copies are made. The music can be owned by Lewisham Music or the individual member of staff.

Can I photocopy a whole book?

No. Staff must not make copies of more than 10% (by number of items) of the individual pieces in a published Anthology or multi-movement vocal score or not more than 10% (by number of pages) of any Workbook. If there are fewer than ten individual pieces of music in an Anthology or multi-movement vocal score then only make copies of one of them may be made.

How many copies can I make?

Copies are limited to one copy per student participating in the activity.

Do I need to credit copies made under this licence?

Copies of sheet music made under the licence should have the text below on them (printed or written):

“Copy made on dd/mm/yyyy under the PMLL Licence for use by Lewisham Music”

Do I have to report what I copy?

Yes. Please complete a few bits of information via the button below.

Printed Music Licence reporting

Why do I have to report what I copy?

PMLL collects monies from licence fees and (apart from the admin costs of running the company) distributes all the revenue to its members who mandate their rights to the scheme allowing use of their repertoire. In order to make accurate distributions and for Publishers to be able to pay the correct Writers, Composers, etc. PMLL need to receive data regarding what has been copied. It is important that their members (who have mandated rights to the scheme allowing their works to be used) and the creators of the music are fairly recompensed for the use of their works.

Can I make arrangements under the licence?

Arrangements must be made for primarily practical reasons, such as a change of instrumentation or key, to make the Musical Work performable by Lewisham Music's instrumental or vocal resources.

Do I need to credit an arrangement?

All Arrangements made under this Licence must be annotated with the title of the Musical Work, the name of the composer of the Musical Work, the name of the author of any associated lyrics, the name of the publisher (if known), the name of the arranger, and a note as follows:

“Arrangement made under PMLL Licence for use at (name of School/group and postcode to be inserted here)”

How long can I keep an arrangement covered by the licence?

A copy of an arrangement can be retained as long as the licence is still valid. Ownerships of arrangements are automatically assigned to the owner of the musical work. If there is any objection to the arrangement by the relevant author, composer or publisher it must be immediately destroyed.

Does this licence cover public performances?

No. The licence does not cover public performance. A separate licence from PRS for Music must be obtained for this activity.

Does this licence cover using photocopies made for group lessons to be used in exams?

No. The licence does not cover the use of photocopies in exams.