Why do clubs need to get additional music licenses?
Clubs will have a licence from their Performing Rights Organization (PRO) to play the music in a live/virtual classes in their clubs. However, a licence is required from the PRO for the online activity of livestreaming, unless the club uses a social media platform that is already licensed in their country.
How do I know if I need to use cover music for my livestreams?
Cover Music is available to all instructors/ clubs for live streaming. The music that you can use is determined by your club's online music streaming license - please check with your facility. If your club holds the relevant license, you can livestream Originals through their channels.
My programme doesn't have cover music available. Does this mean I can't livestream?
If you club holds the relevant license, you can livestream the original through their channels. Unfortunately, if your club does not hold the license, you will not be able to teach a programme that does not have cover music available.
We have cover music available for BODYBALANCE™/BODYFLOW®, BODYPUMP™, BODYCOMBAT™, BODYATTACK™, CXWORX™, RPM™, SH’BAM™ and BODYSTEP™. After that, we will look at having cover music available for LES MILLS BARRE™, LES MILLS SPRINT™ and LES MILLS GRIT.
At this time, we will not be providing cover music for BODYJAM™ or LES MILLS TONE™. Also, due to the way we needed to film the Q3 releases during lockdown, there will be no Q3 cover music available for BODYSTEP.
Do instructors need to pay extra for cover music?
If an instructor has purchased an original release, they will be able to download the related cover music file from the Instructor Portal at no extra charge for Q1 and Q2 of 2020. This will be available from the 1st of July and is to help instructors and clubs to get set up with livestreaming. Going forward, when an Instructor purchases the original release, they will also be able to download the cover music file at no extra cost.
When streaming a live workout, can I have participants in my class?
Yes you can stream whilst teaching a class however you will need to make sure your participants sign a waiver or are off camera.
If gyms utilise outdoor space for classes, can the instructor teach normal releases and not just the streaming ones?
If you are just teaching your usual Live classes (no livestreaming) outdoors at their facility then you can treat it exactly the same as indoor classes. If you are teaching the class outdoors AND livestreaming that class, then they can do this providing the club holds a Limited Online Music License from PRS for Music.
The club will need to hold the appropriate Les Mills license for each programme.
Why are you giving cover music for free? Instructors have had to pay for cover music up until now.
We understand that some Instructors have needed to purchase both original release kits and cover kits up until now due to the different facilities they teach in. However, in order to support both clubs and instructors get set up to livestream the cover music file will be available to download free of charge. It is important to note that this is not a full kit – it is only the cover music file for those who have already purchased the original release and does not include the Masterclass or choreography notes.