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BMI and CCA Finalize WorshipCast License Agreement

Posted in News on October 25, 2006
BMI and the Church Copyright Administration (CCA), a leader in Christian copyright clearances for six years, have announced a licensing agreement for CCA's Internet license website, WorshipCast License. The licensing agreement allows the CCA to license its members to use BMI's repertoire on its website.

The CCA introduced their WorshipCast License on Oct. 1 and it is designed to provide churches a legal right to webcast worship music performed by a church's praise/worship team.

"Worship music is a cornerstone in the U.S. and we're happy to help support the further growth with the Church Copyright Administration," said BMI's Scott Andrews, Executive Director, New Media Licensing. "Their WorshipCast service is a unique and trend-setting program that will benefit the Christian music and publishing industries through performance royalties. We're proud to be a partner with this organization and to help grow the marketplace for the genre."

"Through the support of BMI, we are able to help facilitate the commitment by churches to be copyright compliant," says CCA President Susan Fontaine Godwin, a 22-year veteran in Christian music publishing and church copyright administration. "Through our internet streaming site, WorshipCast, we are able to offer a one-stop license that will help simplify the legal use of music on church websites. It is a groundbreaking endeavor for the CCA and we appreciate all of BMI's help and support in the Christian music industry on behalf of their songwriter and composer affiliates."

CCA's WorshipCast License, continuing the company's proactive position concerning the legal, effective use of current technology, offers one form for enrollment with all three of American PROs, access to CCA's exclusive CopyrightSolver database, an online, user-friendly form for posting internet usage activities, and simplified accounting and reporting procedures. WorshipCast License specifics are accessed via e-mail to internetinfo@churchca.com or a call to 251-929-2404.

CCA offers administration, consultation and education services to a client base that includes Saddleback Church, Willow Creek Church, and Christian ministries and businesses like International Mission Board and Sermonspice. Clients obtain clearances for copyright uses not covered by other industry licenses through CopyrightSolver, streamlining and automating the process while giving clients personal control and immediate information about their project orders. Full Service and Per Project administration plans, plus personal On-Site Consultation, are CCA services designed to meet the needs of individual clients.

BMI has been involved in sacred music throughout its history and licenses the work of such classic songwriters as Thomas Dorsey ("Precious Lord") and Steven Curtis Chapman. Some of the many Christian and gospel songwriters, composers and publishers it represents include The Hemphills, Kirk Franklin, Jars of Clay, Carman, TD Jakes, The Isaacs, BeBe & CeCe Winans, Yolanda Adams, Joyce Martin, Donald Lawrence, Dottie Peoples, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Rebecca St. James, Fred Hammond, Jeff Steele, John P Kee, Tait, Kim Burrell, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Donnie McClurkin, Wayne Haun, Deitrick Haddon, Mike Bowling, Vickie Winans, Audio Adrenaline, Albertina Walker, Skillet, Walter Hawkins, Grits, Rance Allen, Larnelle Harris and LaSHUN Pace.