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PMLL Announces Temporary Measures to Support Schools During the Coronavirus Crisis

20th April 2020


Since the outbreak of the corona virus crisis PMLL have been liaising closely with teachers about the Schools Printed Music Licence (SPML) and understanding how we can help to continue to support their music education while schools are operating largely remotely, other than for children of key workers.

The SPML (which was introduced in 2013) allows staff at schools (and those employed by music services to):

  • Make photocopies of sheet music (providing an original is owned)
  • Photocopy up to 10% of an anthology or workbook (by number of works or pages)
  • Scan copies of sheet music and store on a secure network (or VLE) for access by students and staff
  • Make arrangements of music

Following our engagement with teachers, we understand that not all schools have a VLE or similar secure network set up which would allow students and staff to access resources from home. 

Therefore, the PMLL board has considered these issues and challenges carefully and have agreed on a temporary (for the period that schools are required to operate remotely) and on a non-precedential basis, to revise the terms and conditions of the SPML to allow:

  • Copies of sheet music to be shared to students and parents by email
  • Copies of sheet music to be shared via a file sharing service such as Google Drive or Dropbox

 The PMLL Board and wider membership have agreed to these temporary changes as long as the following conditions are maintained.

Staff must:

  • Acknowledge they understand this extension is only temporary and non-precedential
  • Report all copies that are uploaded to a file share system or emailed
  • Destroy/delete all copies that are made in this way once the restrictions are lifted
  • Copy a designated PMLL employees on file sharing access emails to allow
    • checking on what has been uploaded
    • once the situation has been resolved checking to ensure all material has been removed from either the Google Drive or Dropbox has been shared

These terms do not permit any student or parent to commercially benefit from these temporary changes to the SPML.  Copies cannot be shared to any 3rd parties and must be used for educational purposes only.

All PMLL members have been given the option to opt their repertoire out of this change to the licence.  We will publish an exclusion list that relates to any publishers whose works cannot be used on the PMLL website, should this need arise.

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About the Schools Printed Music Licence

Your Schools Printed Music Licence lets you use printed sheet music freely. You can make as many copies as you need as well as new arrangements of all types of music of every genre.

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PMLL Exclusion List for Temporary Changes to SPML

See the exclusion list for the temporary changes to the Schools Printed Music Licence here.