Anneliese Emmans Dean eco-edutainment info@theBigBuzz.biz
Performance Licence FAQs
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Do I need a Performance Licence?
Musicals are protected by copyright law. By law, you must have a Performance Licence issued by theBigBuzz in order to put on a public performance of a BigBuzz eco-musical - whether or not you charge an admission fee to your show. A Performance Licence also allows you to:
- photocopy the songs and spoken parts for your performers
- display the songs and spoken parts on a whiteboard
- make transparencies for overhead projection.
Without the licence, you are not permitted to do these things.
What is a public performance?
Your performance is a public performance if your audience consists of parents, relatives or friends of the performers, or anyone who is not a member of your school/performing group.
Doesnít my PRS licence cover me already?
No. Your existing PRS licence does not cover musicals. By law, you need a Performance Licence issued by theBigBuzz in order to put on a public performance of a BigBuzz eco-musical.
What about my box office takings?
If you are charging admission to your performance, then 10% of the box office takings are also due to theBigBuzz.
I have a Performance Licence for one BigBuzz eco-musical. Does that cover me for all BigBuzz eco-musicals?
No. You need a separate Performance Licence for each BigBuzz musical you perform.
How long does a Performance Licence last?
A Performance Licence lasts for one year. If you want to continue using the materials and/or performing a BigBuzz eco-musical after your year-long licence has expired, you need to renew your Performance Licence, which you can do - at an online discount - here
We want to record our performance. Does our Performance Licence cover that?
No. Please contact music@theBigBuzz.biz for a Recording Licence.
Some of our performance is going to be broadcast. Does our Performance Licence cover that?
No. Please contact music@theBigBuzz.biz with details of your broadcast.
Iíve already paid for the musical. Why should I bother with a Performance Licence?
For two reasons.
1: Itís the law!
2. Itís the revenue we receive from Performance Licences that enables theBigBuzz to continue its mission to provide Ďeco-edutainment for all agesí.
Where can I find out more?
If you have any queries, please contact music@theBigBuzz.biz
Read A Guide to Copyright Licensing in Schools (pdf)