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Music Copyright for Schools ~ Print Music

Sunday 7 March, 2010

Information for Schools @ APRA-AMCOS website

Music copyright has been a constant source of frustration for me as a music teacher! So I am listing my investigations to make it clearer to me.

I stumbled across the Teachers and Schools brochure (PDF file) put out by Music Industry Piracy Investigations (MIPI) whose aim it is to raise awareness of music piracy in Australia. At the end, it lists the main copyright authorities and their relevant licences:

  1. AMCOS/ ARIA Schools’ Recording Licence – Allows copying of music in specified situations.
    All government schools in Australia are covered by the licence, and private schools may also be covered through an agreement with their peak education body.
  2. AMCOS Schools’ Photocopying Licence – Allows photocopying of sheet music (limits apply).
    All government schools are covered by the licence. If you teach at a non-government school you should check with your peak education body whether your school is covered.
  3. PPCA Public Performance Licence – Covers the public performance of sound recordings.
    Your school must contact PPCA to obtain the relevant licence. Alternatively, your school can contact the relevant copyright owner directly.
  4. APRA Public Performance Licence – Covers the public performance of musical works.
    All government schools are covered by the licence and most other schools in Australia are covered through an agreement with their peak education body. Check with your peak education body if unsure.

As photocopying music for the classroom is one of the most important areas for me as an educator, I am listing the rules I have found from the MIPI Teachers and Schools brochure, the AMCOS website, the AMCOS Music Copyright for Schools brochure and the AMCOS Print Music Guide.

  1. Your school must own the original sheet music (i.e. not just the teacher).
  2. Licenses cost 59.43 cents per student. Government schools are automatically covered, Non-Government school teachers should check with their relevant peak body. In my case, $250 will cover my 420 students (mandatory course, elective courses and ensembles).
  3. Each copy must be stamped with “AMCOS Licensed Copy”, the school’s name, the date and the copy number (eg. 1/15).
  4. Private music tutors are not covered by the AMCOS Schools’ Photocopying Licence.
  5. Private music tutors are not allowed to photocopy music from the school library for their students.
  6. Digital copying, scanning and computer storage is not covered under the licence.
  7. Print music may be copied for the classroom, instrumental ensembles and singing groups within the school.
  8. Copies may be lent to other schools if performing together, but must be returned at the end of the event.
  9. Copies may not be lent to private music tutors, community groups, churches or for students’ external music exams.
  10. The AMCOS licence does not cover copying textbooks, dictionaries, method books, theory books, libretti and more than 3 songs from a stage production.
  11. Photocopies of photocopies may only be made to replace lost, stolen or destroyed copy.
  12. The Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) licence only covers up to 10% of a music work.
  13. The CAL licences does cover up to 10% for digital copying only if it is not commercially available, or is too expensive, or takes too long to order (how ridiculous!).
  14. Copies may be given to students for home practice, but are not in addition to the allowable copy limits (listed below).
  15. Song books with words are not covered and you will need to contact the music publishers (including Christmas carols).

The following table lists how many copies may be made in relation to how many originals the school owns:

Type of Work
Primary School High School
Separate Choral Sheet 5 5
Separate Musical Work 30 15
Up to 3 Songs from a Collection 30 15
Transcription of a Musical Work 30 15
Transposition of a Musical Work 30 15
Parts from an Orchestral/Band Set 30 30
Up to 3 Works from
an Orchestral/Band Set Collection
30 each 30 each
Parts from a Chamber Music Work
(with a maximum of 1 per instrument)
10 10

Right, so that’s about as much details as I can be bothered with. Perhaps in a later post I will detail the other half of music copyright for schools …performance!

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Why Music Matters – Dr. Jack Stamp

Friday 27 November, 2009

Dr. Jack Stamp is Professor of Music at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania‘s College of Fine Arts. In the audio clip above he speaks of how music, particularly playing in a band, gives us what no other area can… “technical perfection” and “emotion”. He also speaks of why 95% can be an “A” in one subject area, but a “Fail” in music. Hope you enjoy!

Sydney Tertiary Music Courses – Open Days 2009

Tuesday 14 July, 2009

I thought it would be good to list some open days at tertiary institutions that run music courses in Sydney, for those interested in going to university/college in 2010. Open days are free and you might just find a fulfilling future doing something you actually love! Have you watched the above video on Contemporary Music Studies at Macquarie University yet?

So here’s the list in order of date…
oooCurrent dates are in bold
oooOut-of-date events are crossed out

1  The Con

Sydney Conservatorium of Music Open Day
Overview: 10 courses in Sydney
Degrees: Diploma, Advanced Diploma and Bachelor in Music, Opera or Arts
Date: Sunday 29th March 2009
Address: Cnr Bridge Street and Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: 02 9351 1222 (General Enquiries)

2  SAE

School of Audio Engineering Sydney Institute Open Day
Overview: 2 courses in Sydney – possibly more but their site is ridiculous
Degrees: Diploma in Music Production or Bachelor of Audio Production
Details: Call 02 9211 3711 any time for a tour
Date: Saturday 23rd May 2009
Address: 55-57 Wentworth Avenue, Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: 02 9211 3711

3  AICM

The Australian International Conservatorium of Music Open Day
Overview: 2 courses in Rozelle
Degrees: Diploma and Bachelor in Music Performance
Date: Saturday 20th June 2009
Address: 114 Victoria Road, Rozelle NSW 2039
Phone: 02 9637 0777

4  AIM

Australian Institute of Music Open Day
Overview: 2 courses (6 majors) in Surry Hills
Degrees: Diploma and Bachelor in Music, Audio Engineering or Entertainment Management
Date: Saturday 22nd August 2009
Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm
Address: 1-51 Foveaux St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Phone: 02 9219 5444

5  The Con

Sydney Conservatorium of Music – Sydney Uni Live!
Overview: 10 courses in Sydney
Degrees: Diploma, Advanced Diploma and Bachelor in Music, Opera or Arts
Date: Saturday 29th August 2009
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Address: Cnr Bridge Street and Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: 02 9351 1222 (General Enquiries)

6  USyd

The University of Sydney Arts Music Unit – Sydney Uni Live!
Overview: 3 courses in Darlington
Degrees: Diploma and Bachelor in Music or Arts
Date: Saturday 29th August 2009
Time: 9:30am – 4:00pm
Address: Sydney University Darlington Campus, Cnr of City Road and Cleveland Street, Golden Grove/Darlington NSW 2006
Phone: 1300 362 006 (Sydney Uni Helpline)

7  UWS

University of Western Sydney Open Day
Overview: 1 course in Penrith
Degrees: Bachelor of Music
Date: Sunday 30th August 2009
Time: 9:00am – 2:00pm
Details: Open Day Expression of Interest Form
Address: UWS Parramatta Campus, Cnr James Ruse Drive and Victoria Road, Rydalmere NSW 2116
Phone: 9852 5222 (General Enquires) / 1300 897 669 (Course Enquiries)

8  UNSW

The University of New South Wales Open Day
Overview: 5 courses in Kensington
Degrees: Bachelors in Music, Education, Arts and/or Science
Date: Saturday 5th September 2009
Address: Cnr Anzac Parade abd High Street, Kensington NSW 2052
Phone: 02 9385 1844 (Student Recruitment)

9  Club Mac

Macquarie University Open Day
Overview: 1 course in North Ryde – possibly more but no clear list of courses
Degrees: Bachelor of Arts and Contemporary Music Studies
Date: Saturday 12th September 2009
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Address: Balaclava Road, North Ryde NSW 2109
Phone: 02 9850 7111 (General Enquiries) / 02 9850 7314 (Undergraduate Enquiries)

10  JMC

John Martin Cass Academy Open Day
Overview: 6 courses in Surry Hills
Degrees: Diploma, Associate Degree and Bachelor in Audio Engineering or Popular Music Performance
Date: Saturday 19th September 2009
Time: Sessions at 10:30am or 1:30pm
Details: Online Registration Form
Address: 41 Holt St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Phone: 02 9281 8899 / 02 9212 4801

Hope that gave you plenty of options! Leave a comment if you have any questions, additional information or reviews from any open days…

TED Talks You Must Watch!

Friday 24 April, 2009

TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is an invitation-only event in Britain where the world’s leading thinkers and doers gather to find inspiration. Here are some talks from the website on music, creativity and education. If I find any more later I will add them. But for now, you must watch these videos… (follow “Link to page” so you can toggle to full-screen)

Sir Ken Robinson on “Do Schools Kill Creativity?”
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Benjamin Zander on “Classical Music with Shining Eyes”
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Vodpod videos no longer available.Click here for another excellent speech by Benjamin Zander (it’s similar in places but just as amazing)

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James Burchfield on “Sound Stylings by a Human Beatbox”
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Evelyn Glennie on “How to Listen to Music with Your Whole Body”
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