Guide to Using Music Material
Choose which Christian songs you would like to use.
You may select from 25 million Christian songs, from the combined catalogs of ASCAP, BMI and SESAC. All genres are covered. You do not need to purchase sheet music or any rights, in order to upload your submission. You God’s Music™ retains the rights of final approval of your selected cover song or of your own original music.
If you prefer to sing an original song, you must find the copyright owner. You must contact the copyright owner and receive permission to perform the song and be able to record it and sell copies. Permission must be granted and in writing. If there are any requisites including fees, You God’s Music™, Inc. must be notified. Once you acquire permission, submit the documents through the following link (https://yougodsmusic.org/showcase-copyright-form) and await approval from You God’s Music™, by email.
To perform an original song, you can apply for federal copyright protection at the United States Copyright Office. Follow all steps for registration and you are responsible for any fees. Once you acquire the copyright certificate, submit the copy to You God’s Music™, at the following link and wait for approval, from You God’s Music™.
How long does the registration process take and when will I receive my certificate?
The amount of time needed to examine a claim and issue a certificate, varies, depending on a number of factors, but not limited to the complexity of your claim, the Office’s available resources, the total number of claims which are currently pending with the Copyright Office. Processing times may also vary depending on whether you submitted your claim through the electronic registration system or sent it to the Office by mail, whether there are problems with your claim.
Who do I contact with questions?
The Public Information Office can provide general information on your pending claim if you contact them by phone at (202) 707-3000 or (877) 476-0778 (toll-free), or online at www.copyright.gov/help
You may choose a song that is in the Public Domain. If a song's music & lyrics were published before January 1, 1923, then the song is considered in the Public Domain in the US. Please visit pdinfo.com to learn more about Public Domain works are acceptable and to research which songs meet the requirements. It's important to know that if a work is in the Public Domain, only that exact version is not protected under US copyright law. Other people may have created arrangements of that work that are under copyright. If you choose a song in the Public Domain, you must submit proof that the exact song you have chosen, and the arrangement, is in the Public Domain. You can submit to (https://yougodsmusic.org/showcase-copyright-form) and await approval from You God’s Music™.