NFHS Copyright Resources

By NFHS on December 01, 2021 music directors & adjudicators article Print


NFHS Copyright Resources (Updated 11/23)

There will always be a lot of questions about copyright compliance. Copyrighted materials are used in many high school activities from music, speech, theatre, cheer, and dance as well as most school based athletic events. The resources found on this page can act as a guide to understanding the complexities of the U.S. Copyright Law. We recommend the first thing that anyone does is to complete the Understanding Copyright and Compliance course, free on This course will supply the basics of U.S. Copyright Law and answer most questions. The NFHS will continue to create and update resources as they become available.

The resources below are designed to be educational in nature and are not to be used as legal advice. It is important to consult your own legal counsel prior to taking copyright action. 


NFHS Learn

Understanding Copyright & Compliance Course (FREE)


NFHS Website Resources

Copyright Permissions for Performance (Poster)

Virtual State Adjudication Permissions 

TEACH Act Explained - Copyright Guidance for Distance Learning (NFHS & NAfME Collaboration)     Distance Learning FAQ     TEACH Act Webinar Presentation

Copyright Performance Permissions (NFHS & NAfME Collaboration)

Copyright Compliance Database

Virtual Platforms for Performing Arts Contests and Festivals 


NFHS Downloadable Materials

Copyright Permissions for Performance (Poster)

Do's / Don'ts Copyright Flyer


U.S. Copyright Law

Copyright Law of the United States (downloadable links)


Cheer and Dance Resources

Music Provider Directory


NFHS Podcast "The Stage"

Episode #10 - Dr. James Weaver (NFHS) and Alan Greiner (Iowa High School Music Association)

Episode #3 - Alan Greiner (Iowa High School Music Association/Copyright)


Outside Resources

ASCAP     ASCAP Repertory     ASCAP Songview (New Resource)

BMI Licensing Information     BMI Songview (New Resource)

GMR Licensing Information    GMR Repertory

SESAC     SESAC Repertory

Mechanical Licensing

Music Publisher Association Permission Forms

Flexible Show Selection for Theatre Productions


YouTube Videos

Copyright Law History

Crash Course Intellectual Property Preview

Copyright Basics: Crash Course Intellectual Property 2

Copyright, Exceptions, and Fair Use: Crash Course Intellectual Property #3

IP Problems, YouTube, and the Future: Crash Course Intellectual Property #7