Using Worship Backing Band for Livestreaming Songs

Our Split Tracks whether individual download or our compilation DVDs are perfect for use in your livestreams.

Split Tracks are low cost MP4 backing tracks that come with onscreen words as well as music and vocals (most backing track providers do not include vocals which is a bit of a struggle when you are trying to lead online worship with them!)

You will therefore not need to use Easy Worship or some other method of sharing the song words when you are using Split Tracks.

All you do is load the computer that is hosting the service with the songs you want to do (you can use iTunes, VLC or any other free media player), share the screen in your streaming software (eg Zoom) and then hit play. Your song will start and your online congregation can sing along (it’s best if they are muted as none of the online platforms really cope very well with everyone singing or speaking at the same time).

You can even embed Split Tracks into Powerpoint (just Google how to embed an MP4).

Do ensure that the settings on your broadcasting platform (Zoom or similar) are set to share the computer’s audio.

What about licensing?

We are being inundated right now with questions about permissions for live streaming using our MultiTracks and Split Tracks.

As Worship Backing Band we are very happy for you to use our tracks for live streaming. We simply ask that you provide a link on your website to www.worshipbackingband.com by way of recognition that the tracks are ours.

BUT please be aware that Worship Backing Band is not the song writer or ‘publisher’ of the songs. We have simply re-recorded them. Whenever we sell as track we pay a license fee ourselves (this is generally 20% of the retail fee) to the publisher who then passes a percentage of that to the song writer. This is explained in this article.

Use of our tracks in real life

For use live in church you simply need a Church Copyright License from CCLI and you report the song use just as you would with a live band.

Use of our tracks for live streaming

CCLI has a streaming licence (US link) (UK link) which you are likely to need to live stream any worship whether using our backing tracks or not. So please ensure you are compliant with that. CCLI has different offices in different countries as the law is different depending on where in the world you are. Do ensure you are looking at your local CCLI website.

Our understanding is that for services such as YouTube, the host (YT) has sophisticated scanning technology that scans any audio and allocates any ad revenue from your broadcast to the appropriate publisher for non live-streamed content. But if you are streaming on YouTube you will need a CCLI license (please check with CCLI). Facebook Live does tend to cut off live broadcasts when a copywritten song is played that the FB Page in question does not own (although it does not seem as good as YT at recognising worship songs). We are still not clear how your CCLI Streaming License is known about by Facebook so do be aware of these potential pitfalls with FB Live.

If you are using Zoom or hosting YouTube videos on your website (and you are in the UK), you will need a PRS license. This article from CCLI explains more.

Further information from CCLI on licensing, including their Streaming License is available here.

Please also provide a link on your website to www.worshipbackingband.com in order to credit us for the tracks.

 

Licensing: Do we still have to report song use to CCLI with your backing tracks?

How does licensing work for Worship Backing Band DVDs, Split Tracks and MultiTracks?

We at Worship Backing Band pay a (fairly substantial) fee to the publisher/ song writer for each song sold whether in DVD, Split Track, MultiTrack or chord chart format.

That fee covers our obligations in terms of supplying you a song that is not in public domain. For Split Tracks (and DVDs) this also includes an additional charge to cover the use of lyric display.

Does the church still need to report song use to CCLI?

Despite the fee we have paid for the use of the song, your church will also need to report song use to CCLI with Worship Backing Band tracks in just the same way as you would with a live band. So simply add the title of each song sung each week to your usual CCLI return.

Moat churches already have a Church Copyright License (even if all they have done is sing with organist accompaniment in the past) but if you’ve not got one, simply contact CCLI who will be happy to help.

Can I photocopy Worship Backing Band chord charts?

So long as your church has a photocopy license from CCLI and you report your copying of Worship Backing Band chord charts you may copy and distribute them to others in our worship team.

Multi-user licenses explained for Worship Backing Band

Here is how the licensing works both for the MultiTrack Player and tracks when you have more than one user.

Licensing more than one user/computer

When we sell you the MultiTrack Player and songs we are selling them to you as an individual or church generally for use on a single computer (but see “Exceptions” below). If you want to put the player and songs on an additional computer we ask that you buy an additional license for the Player and one additional license per song downloaded. You can click through to the links below to buy the licenses retrospectively:

MultiTrack PLAYER multi-user license

MultiTrack TRACKS multi-user license

Split Tracks multi-user license

The principle is that you pay 50% of the normal cost of the Player/each song for each additional user.

You can buy the multi-user licenses at any point. So if you buy the track in January and add it to a second computer in March, just buy the license in March.

Please note that the Transition iPad player is not available at a 50% discount. This is because it is sold via the App store where we don’t have control over offering a second user discount.

Exceptions to the rule

We are happy to make an exception whereby THE SAME person uses the computer in the church as they do their personal computer for practise at home. In this instance just one license is required.

iPad users

Because of the way App store purchases (an iCloud IDs) work different users will need to purchase a new Worship Backing Band app if they are using a different iPad to yours.

Why are we charging for multiple users?

We feel that it is fair that the biggest users of the software and tracks pay the largest share. When you buy from Microsoft, you pay a fee to them based on how many computers the software is used on. When you buy songs from iTunes, you are meant to buy one song per user.

Developing our Player, recording the tracks, hosting the files, running the website etc etc have all cost many tens of thousands of pounds/dollars of investment. We’re a small independent business not funded by a ministry or some deep pocketed backer. We really do need to recoup that investment in sales of both the Player and the tracks. And without making some money we simply won’t be able to continue to offer support, develop the player and record new tracks.

The other reason that we charge for multiple use is that we pay a fee to the Publishers of each song that is sold, each time it is downloaded. This is a way of ensuring that the original song writers are honoured for their work.

How do I download the Player/Songs onto multiple computers?

Each purchase comes with a number of download attempts. Use the first for the first computer then login to your account with the second computer and download there. If you run into problems please just contact us. Likewise with the song downloads. You’ll also find that with the songs once you have them downloaded into your first computer (in the Songs folder) you can save them to a memory/USB stick and transfer them to the same folder on your second computer. You can’t do this with the player though – with the player you must download directly from the website.

What happens when I upgrade my computer?

You are welcome to transfer your license to another computer when you upgrade (please ensure that the Player and tracks are deleted from the original one though). You can follow the procedure described above for downloading. If you need to contact us for a new download link (i.e. you have used all your download attempts up on your previous computer) we will charge you a small admin fee.