Publisher Permissions and Distance Learning


*April 3 Update: Pepper has worked with music publishers to provide a way to share music you purchased with your ensemble members for free online viewing through December 31st. Thanks to our publishing friends for working with us on it! We hope it helps teachers and directors meet their needs. Visit for more information.

As teachers and directors strive to continue music learning while working remotely, questions have arisen around proper use of copyrighted music in distance or virtual learning scenarios. We are providing here links to information for publishers who have adapted their permission policies to meet needs during the current public health situation. It is not a complete list and is based on information found on publisher websites. Note that Pepper cannot give permission for works we don’t own. Please contact the publisher directly should you need additional information. We hope you find this list helpful!

(If you are a publisher with adapted permissions information to share, please comment on this post.)

Alfred Music

Hal Leonard Corporation (Shawnee; Boosey & Hawkes; G. Schirmer; Mark Foster)

A number of publishers participate in One License, a service currently offering a limited-time free service that grants churches, schools, religious communities, retreat centers, and other worshiping bodies certain permissions from member publishers. Details and a full list of publishers is available on the One License site. 

One License


Canticle Distributing (E.C. Schirmer; Morningstar; Galaxy)  
Carl Fischer; Theodore Presser; BriLee
Chorister’s Guild
Fred Bock Music Company; Pavane
GIA Publications; World Library Press
Hope Publishing
Jubilate Music Group
Lorenz (Heritage; Roger Dean; Sound Forth)
Selah Publishing

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Kathy Fernandes
Kathy Fernandes is Chief Sales and Marketing Officer for J.W. Pepper. With her background as a school band director, studio teacher, and ongoing experiences as a flutist and mother of three musicians, Kathy is immersed in music. She continues to be involved in education by teaching middle school-aged students at her church and also serves on its Pastoral Council. Kathy advocates for a healthy musical culture by serving on the Board of the Music Publishers Association of the United States, as an industry representative for the American Choral Directors Association and through participation on the Corporate Advisory Council for the National Association for Music Education and the Support Music Coalition. Kathy is Secretary of Corporation for J.W. Pepper’s Board of Directors, is a Forbes Communication Council member, and is a former member of the Key Executive Group for the greater Philadelphia area.

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