JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas – The Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center recently awarded a contract to provide music and media copyright licensing to chaplaincy programs across the Department of the Army. air.
The AFIMSC Chaplain Corps Division worked with the 773rd Corporate Supply Squadron to replace 82 installation copyright licenses with a consolidated contract that costs 20% less than individual license agreements , which saves time and money.
Chapels and churches need a copyright license to display Christian song lyrics, distribute printed lyrics, or record and broadcast worship services, branch leader Lt. Col. Gregory Brunson explained. AFIMSC Chaplain Corps Division Resource Management.
“We’re always looking for innovative ways to better serve our facilities, so we’ve combined all of these subscriptions into one contract,” he said.
In addition to removing the burden of managing and paying for local licenses, the contract provides legal access to over 200,000 song lyrics and rights to live worship services, increasing the level of services for certain facilities. and ensures that all bases have equal coverage and access to the same resources and tools.
Music is an important part of worship services for many faiths, said Maj. Keith Manry, a chaplain with the 502nd Air Base Wing on JBSA-Lackland where 20 different faith groups meet weekly.
“In most religious traditions, music is a means of connecting the individual to his community of faith and to his God. Music moves the heart and the will in ways that mere words cannot,” he said.
In all of JBSA-Lackland, Consolidation serves the Air Force’s largest worship program with more than 4,000 Airmen and their family members attending each week. The live broadcast license included in the contract provides an essential benefit, especially for the Air Force Basic Military Training Program.
Since the onset of the COVID pandemic, live streaming has become essential for worship programs supporting AF BMT and countless other chapels across the Air Force, Manry said. At BMT, livestreaming of worship services is now an important part of graduation weekend for Airmen and their families.
“The new graduation schedule does not allow families to experience worship services, so we have chosen to livestream as many of our services per weekend as possible. This has multiplied the opportunities for interns and their families to feel connected through worship, even if only by sharing the same virtual space,” he said. “Without the proper licenses provided by this consolidated agreement, we would not be able to provide this critical link between interns and their families.”
The copyright license demonstrates AFIMSC’s ability to support facilities through a corporate view of chaplaincy programs and services, Brunson said.
“This is an example of how (we) can serve the entire DAF Chaplain Corps, ensuring vital services and reducing the cost and workload for local facilities.”