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ECS Publishing Group
ECS Publishing Group (ECSPG) is the corporate parent of music publishers E. C. Schirmer Music Co., Galaxy Music Corp., and MorningStar Music Publishers. Birnamwood Publications is the ASCAP affiliate of MorningStar. Ione Press is the BMI affiliate of E. C. Schirmer. Highgate Press is the BMI affiliate of Galaxy.

Other Publishers
Many ECSPG publications include works with texts or tunes copyrighted and owned by other publishers. We do not have the right to grant reprint permission for the use of these copyrights. Permission requests must be made directly to all copyright owner(s) of the material you wish to use.

All ECSPG publishers are members of One License, which was designed to reduce the need for churches to continually contact publishers for reprint, streaming, and event licenses. For one annual fee, One License provides church musicians with yearly or single-use licenses to reprint or stream works of its member publishers. One License also provides online reporting which allows churches to easily inform publishers of the titles they have licensed. For more information, please visit

All ECSPG publishers are members of Christian Copyright Licensing International. CCLI provides various licensing options to help churches with congregational worship. The most popular license is the Church Copyright License, which provides reprint permissions for overheads, songsheets, songbooks, bulletins, etc. CCLI provides this license for a yearly fee and requires churches to report their copying record. For more information about all types of CCLI licenses, please visit

If you will be using any ECSPG copyrighted materials, please select your request and fill out the form. We have listed our most common licenses below. If these do not fit your needs, you may email us to explain the nature of your request.

Mechanical License Requests (recordings)
ECSPG publishers are represented by the Harry Fox Agency, which issues mechanical licenses and collects fees for many music publishers. You may choose to request a license directly from us or through Harry Fox. A mechanical license is required prior to reproducing recordings of any ECSPG copyrighted material onto CDs or digital downloads. If you plan to record music from our catalog, please fill out the online request form and submit to us.

Click Here to Request a Mechanical License

Permissions License Requests (reprints)
Permission must be requested prior to reprinting ECSPG copyrighted material in a bulletin, program, worship folder, or individual song sheet. ECSPG can only give permission for those texts and tunes copyrighted by our subsidiary publishers. There is a flat fee based on frequency of use: One-Time Use ($10), Seasonal/Yearly Use ($25), and Lifetime Use ($40). You may use the online form to request permission from ECSPG directly, or you may use one of the following affiliated licensing companies (for church or church-related use only): One License or CCLI.

Click Here to Request a Permission License

Synchronization License (visual recordings)
A synchronization license is necessary if you plan to use ECSPG copyrighted material in conjunction with visual images, such as television, movies, videos, DVDs, and live streaming. If you plan to use music from our catalog, please fill out the online request form and submit to us.

Click Here to Request a Synchronization License for DVDs

Click Here to Request a Synchronization License for Streaming/Broadcasts/Other Synchronization Uses

Performance License
ECSPG publishers belong to ASCAP and BMI. They will administer performance licenses on our behalf. You may also email us with your request.

Photocopy License
ECSPG does not typically grant permission to photocopy. In rare situations, however, we will grant photocopy licenses which will precisely indicate a certain number of copies for a specific work. The license will also require that a unique copyright notice is placed on all copies, showing that permission was received from ECSPG.

If you feel that you need a photocopy license, please email our permissions department with the following information:

  • Title of publication
  • Catalog Number
  • Name of Composer and/or Author
  • Details of specific use and purpose for photocopies