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Amateur Choir Licence

An easy way to legally copy music for your choir

Amateur Choir Licence – Now available

The Amateur Choir Licence allows choir members to make photocopies of works and also permits minor arrangements (e.g. change of key) to suit the voices of the choir. The licence is intended to make access to music easier for choirs enabling them to make copies without having to seek permission directly from the publisher, while ensuring that songwriters and composers are fairly paid for the use of their works.

Please go to the website shown below for full information (not all publishers support this).


The NAC is an organisation run by volunteer officers with the aim of promoting choral music across the UK. To do this we provide help and assistance to member choirs, via this website, our periodic magazines News & Views, contact numbers and email addresses. Have a look at the Structure section under Information button.

Our membership is growing rapidly, and currently numbers around 700 choirs all around the UK. If you would like to find a choir local to you, see the Choirs link, and follow either the Choirs map or go to the geographic Group that interests you.

If you are already a member choir you will be able to access information, not available to the general public, in the Members Area. Here you will find copies of News & Views, minutes of meetings, full details of our insurance scheme, Advice Sheets, and many other interesting snippets of information. To get into the Members Area you will need to contact our Webmaster for a username and password.

In addition to the magazine, published three times per year, we hold a three-day conference which is built round our AGM. The conference moves around the country to a different area each year, so that every member choir has the opportunity to send their representative to conference without having to travel too far.  The 2022 Conference was held in Kendal and I am pleased to say that the delegate numbers are beginning to increase.  As usual it was a great success.  I think it was the tonic we all needed and we are now looking forward to the 2023 Conference which will be held in Taunton.  The weekend will begin, as usual, with dinner when we can all meet up again with old friends and make new ones, then we will have all sorts of workshops and seminars.  What I really enjoy is the concert showcasing local choirs on the Saturday evening.  Glastonbury Male Voice Choir will be leading this concert which is rather special to them as they are celebrating their centenary.  The weekend is always great for renewing old and making new friends, talking over problems and sharing best practice, and just plain having fun with like-minded people!  The area has the advantage of being in a fantastic place for sightseeing and exploring.  It would be lovely to meet you all, so please do come along and join us.  The dates are 24-26 March.

We are here to help with all aspects of running a choir - we know the problems that go with trying to be a business in the voluntary world - and if we don't know the answers we know people who do.  Do have a look in the Members Area if you are a member choir - if you are not yet a member you can explore the advantages of joining the Association under Information-Membership.  The officers of the Association have considerable hands-on experience from running their own choirs and are always available to assist on the phone or by email.

Above all else, enjoy your singing!

Brenda Wilkinson
Honorary Chairman and Membership Officer


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