ONE LICENSE announces acquisition of Calamus licence from Decani Music and appoints Christian charity and publisher Hymns Ancient & Modern as UK, Ireland, and continental Europe agent July 1 launch of new services for Calamus customers

OneLicense, LLC is excited and honoured to announce that, effective 1 July 2019, all Calamus customers will become a part of the ONE LICENSE family, bringing new functionality and services to customers of Calamus in the UK, Ireland, and continental Europe.

Calamus licence holders will join 18,000 churches and schools from around the English-speaking world who rely on ONE LICENSE, which provides a single source for congregational reprint permissions from top sacred music publishers, including: The Taizé Community, The Iona Community, Oregon Catholic Press (OCP), GIA Publications, Inc. (GIA), the Royal School of Church Music, Oxford University Press, Hope Publishing, Kevin Mayhew, and many more.

Via, church musicians can download and report thousands of hymns and songs in one convenient and easy-to-use location. ONE LICENSE offers Annual, Single-Use, Event, Practice-Track, and Podcast / Streaming Licences from leading worldwide sacred music publishers.

ONE LICENSE is jointly owned by GIA and OCP, and will appoint Hymns Ancient & Modern for sales and marketing in the UK, Ireland, and continental Europe, and will also continue to provide customer service support via Calamus through a transition period.

“We welcome Calamus customers to ONE LICENSE and look forward to building new relationships,” said Alec Harris, president of GIA Publications, Inc., and OneLicense, LLC. “We are deeply appreciative of Calamus and all that Nicholas Blackford, Susan Dean, and Stephen Dean provided to congregations over many years. At ONE LICENSE, we look forward to delivering churches and schools in the UK, Ireland, and continental Europe with even more music and features. Congregations will truly have ‘one licence’ that will serve their assembly’s music needs for liturgies and other church celebrations.”

Nicholas Blackford, who manages the Calamus licence, said, “It has been my pleasure to work with 1,500 schools and churches who hold the Calamus licence, and to assist so many dedicated musicians. I look forward to continuing to provide support through a transition over the next year. I know that ONE LICENSE will continue to serve churches and schools with integrity.”

Michael Addison, Sales and Marketing Director for Hymns Ancient & Modern, said, “We look forward to creating more awareness about ONE LICENSE and the convenience we can provide to churches and schools throughout the UK, Ireland, and continental Europe. ONE LICENSE is an excellent complement to the array of publications we supply to churches in the region.”

Current Calamus customers in the UK, Ireland, and continental Europe will be receiving instructions for moving to the new web platform.

ONE LICENSE is an online licensing service committed to making it easy to obtain reprint permissions for congregational music. From Annual, Event, and Single-Use Reprint Licences to Practice-Track and Podcast / Streaming Licences, we have a licence that will meet your congregational music reprint needs. ONE LICENSE primarily serves Roman Catholic and traditional Protestant communities in English-speaking countries around the world.

For additional information, contact:

Brenna C. Cronin
General Manager

Photo copyright: Pixabay. This image is available for download at