If you are a K12 band, choir, or performing arts director, and want to publish a lasting video of your K12 student performances, a performance montage video will fit the bill and keep you out of trouble with copyright laws and requirements. This article will explain how using SchoolTube to host and share a performing arts video montage is legal and a great way to showcase your students’ talent.
COVID-19 Performance Issues and Allowances
The normal way in which K12 performing arts programs share their students’ talent, progress, and efforts is through periodic concerts and performances. However, due to COVID-19 related closing and restrictions, such public events have been all but shut down. Thankfully due to vaccinations and other changes, public performances will soon likely take center stage, but in the meantime, live-streamed events and recorded events can fill the gap.
SchoolTube spoke with SHHH Productions, a company that specializes in recording band performances, to gain insight into performance rules and regulations. SHHH shared that public school districts generally pay an annual fee to ASCAP to allow public performances of copyrighted material. This includes bands, orchestra, choir, theatrical performances, etc. Due to the fact that audiences are not allowed because of COVID, a STREAMED version or PRE-RECORDED version is allowed for a specific time period. Meaning that it can be posted on district/school websites, SchoolTube, or other video hosting platforms for (Up to 2) specific performance times, for example, an AM performance and PM performance. Once it has aired, IT HAS TO BE TAKEN DOWN. No fees, No Licenses, No problems.
During COVID times the music publishing companies have been very lenient and have allowed multiple remote performances and other adjustments creating more leeway in options for K12 performing art directors. As COVID’s grip begins to lighten, those stricter policies will come back into play.
Options for Longer Airing of Performances.
But, what if you want to showcase your student performances over a longer period of time – weeks, months, or years, or combine multiple performances together? The solution: create a video montage of the performance or of segments of several performances combined. A montage video is not a complete performance and is therefore exempt from the specific performance time slot requirement noted above. For example, if your band performance lasted 1 hour, a montage might consist of 5-15 minutes of video from the event.
SchoolTube Solutions for Performing Arts Video Sharing
SchoolTube is the ideal solution for archiving and sharing K12 performing arts videos. Under SchoolTube performing arts, directors can create a FREE* account and then create channels for each category (band, choir, dance, theater, etc) and within each channel organize videos into playlists. For example, the Emerson High School Band Channel may be sub-organized into playlists by year, by grade, or band type: Jazz, Marching, Orchestra, etc. These channels can be branded with school logos, colors, and can be shared by their unique URL. Playlists are great for sharing multiple associated videos under a single URL and can even be embedded into school websites and other HTML-based pages. SchoolTube also offers options for ad-free K12 video sharing and for creating private viewing environments. Most importantly, SchoolTube only works with K12 schools, so you know your group’s performance will not get mixed up with inappropriate content and will be shared in a safe environment.
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Easy to Get Started with SchoolTube
Creating a SchoolTube account is fast and easy. Direct accounts can be created by teachers and arts directors by following the steps on our Getting Started Page. SchoolTube also supports school and district-wide single sign-on deployments using Clever, Classlink, G-Suite, Schoology, Canvas, MS-365, and now SchoolPassport.