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IMPORTANT NOTICE about the administration of the Schools Printed Music Licence (SPML)

  • After 31 March 2021, CLA will no longer manage this licence

  • This change does not affect your licence or how you can use printed music 

CLA (Copyright Licensing Agency) have administered this licence on behalf of PMLL (Printed Music Licensing Limited) for several years.  From 31 March this will no longer be managed by us and administration will be taken over by the CEFM (Centre for Education and Finance Management) who will act as agent from 1 April onwards.

If you have any questions or would like to check your licence cover, please contact CEFM directly at: spml@cefm.co.uk or visit www.cefm.co.uk or you can contact the licence operator Printed Music Licensing Limited (PMLL) www.pmll.org.uk

About the Schools Printed Music Licence


What the licence lets you do

  • Make photocopies and scans of entire works of printed music or up to 10% of an anthology or choral work
  • Use score-writing software programs to arrange print music
  • Make notations by hand on copies of print music
  • Make new arrangements to suit any instrumentation your school has available
  • Share print music on a school VLE

The school must own at least one original copy of the sheet music and the copy must be for use in school activities. 

Licence exceptions

Although you are free to copy the vast majority of musical works under the licence, there are a few exceptions and exclusions that you need to know about.

See if your school is licensed

Details of licensing arrangements and which institutions are covered are shown below:

Sector Am I covered by the SPML?
State maintained schools in England All schools in this sector are covered under a national agreement with the Department of Education. Contact the agent CEFM at spml@cefm.co.uk for info.
State maintained schools in Scotland All schools in this sector are covered under a national agreement with the Scottish Government. Contact CEFM for info.
State maintained schools in Northern Ireland All schools in this sector are covered under a national agreement with the Education Authority. Contact CEFM for info.
State maintained schools in Wales

Schools are licensed through local councils or on an individual basis. To check if your school is covered please contact CEFM. 

If you know your are not covered, please contact CEFM to apply for a licence at spml@cefm.co.uk 

Independent schools in England Contact CEFM at spml@cefm.co.uk for more information
Independent schools in Scotland Contact CEFM at spml@cefm.co.uk for more information