Many of you might have noticed last month when we announced a new venture for Novalis. It is a partnership with LicenSing Online, a digital service to help parishes, schools and other organizations to find the music they need for their liturgical and worship services right in one place.
With LicenSing Online, you can find music from more than 2,100 composers and 225 publishers from around the world to meet all your music needs. Whether you wish to print programs for communal worship and prayer, create song sheets for special moments, or project lyrics on screen for liturgies and gatherings, you will find it all here.
The service helps busy parishes and schools deal with the thorny and complicated issue of legally reproducing music by providing simple ways to obtain a music reproduction license. It ensures fairness to composers and musicians, by providing them with fair compensation for their work.
Besides that, its extensive music store gives you instant access to accompaniments, choral music and MP3s. And you don’t need special software or to be an expert in digital technology.
What excites me in particular is that our partnership allows Novalis to better fulfill our goal of being a full-service provider of resources for the Canadian Church community. Though we have published some music in the past, notably Gordon Johnston’s popular settings for the three-year cycle of the Psalms for the Liturgical Year, it hasn’t been a major part of our program. But through our partnership with LicenSing Online, we can now explore how to help Canadian composers of liturgical and worship music reach a broader audience.
Over the years, I have had many discussions with Canadian songwriters and musicians about the need for just such a channel to reach the very people they most long to serve. The possibilities are legion: customized hymnals, libraries of Canadian music, you name it.
Where we will go with this is a subject for the future. So stay tuned and check out LicenSing Online.