Glossary

  • CCLI - Christian Copyright Licensing International.  For more information, visit www.ccli.com.
  • CCLI License No. - A license number given to a church that has an active subscription with CCLI.  There are certain umbrella permissions granted by CCLI to churches that have an active subscription.
  • CCLI Song No. - A catalog number given to a Christian song by CCLI.  There may be many arrangements of the one song, and all those arrangements will refer to the same CCLI Song No.
  • Chart - The actual printed music for a song (i.e. the Rhythm Chart), as well as a list of the most popular songs in a specific genre.
  • Chord Chart - Words and chords only.  For more information on Chord Charts created by PraiseCharts, click here.
  • Copyright - A right given to the original author of a work (i.e. a song, a melody, etc.)
  • Copyright Administrator - An agent hired by a song writer to represent and take care of copyright permission activity on a song or group of songs.  A copyright administrator represents a number of catalogs (or publishers).  A publisher represents a number of artists.  An artist represents a number of songs. PraiseCharts is a copyright administrator for some songs, and must acquire licenses from other copyright administrators.
  • DRM - Digital Rights Management.  This is so 90's.  We would rather focus on Permission To Copy rather than Protection of our rights.  Dishonest people will always find a way around DRM.  Honest people are looking for a permission to copy solution that is fair to the copyright owner.
  • Lead Sheet - A single staff arrangement of a song written in the treble cleff, including the melody, SAT vocals parts, lyrics, chord changes, and a few rhythmic notations.  A lead sheet can generally be used by vocalists and rhythm section.  See also Rhythm Chart.
  • Mechanical License - A license required to make an audio rendition of a song.  In the 'olden days', audio renditions were mechanical.
  • P2C - See Permission To Copy.
  • Piano/Vocal - A chart including one or two vocal staves (SAT or SATB) and a grand staff containing a written-out piano part.  There are also guitar chords above the top piano staff.  Also known as a PVG (Piano, Vocal, Guitar).
  • PCID - PraiseCharts arrangement identification number.  This is like a CCLI Song No. for PraiseCharts - a way of identifying a unique arrangement of a song in the PraiseCharts catalog.
  • Permission To Copy - If you want to make copies of music and stay legal, you need to get permission to copy from the copyright owners.  At PraiseCharts, we are taking steps to pave the way for you to be able to legally make copies of music at PraiseCharts.  It's not always free, but at least it is legal and affordable.  For more information, visit www.permissiontocopy.com.  Also known as P2C, or www.p2c.com.
  • PDF - Portable Document Format.  You can view and print PDF documents with the free Adobe Reader (available here).  You can only edit documents if you have the full version of Adobe Acrobat, or another PDF writing program.
  • Praise Band - In PraiseCharts, we generally use the designation of Praise Band to refer to a smaller orchestra, focused on the rhythm section and core brass section.  See the Praise Band Series.
  • Print License - A license required to make copies of a song that will be distributed in print.  PraiseCharts acquires print licenses from many of the major Christian music publishers in order to sell their arrangements online.
  • Public Domain - A song that does not have a copyright owner.  There are no licensing obligations to create or sell a unique arrangement of a public domain song.  An arrangement of a public domain song can be copyrighted, and is therefore not public domain.  Only the underlying song is public domain.
  • PVG - Piano Vocal Guitar.
  • Rhythm Chart - A chart containing only rhythmic "slashes" and chord changes meant for use by rhythm section players such as keyboards and guitars.  No lyrics or vocal parts are included.  Also known as a Studio Chart.
  • SAT - Soprano Alto Tenor vocal parts.  Lead Sheet harmonies are typically written as SAT in the treble cleff.  The Bass singer would sing the Soprano line one octave down.
  • SAT/B - Soprano Alto Tenor with additional Bass.  This choir voicing appears only on the PVG part in the selected arrangement.  The Soprano, Alto and Tenor parts are identical to the Lead Sheet SAT parts, with an additional Bass part included along with the Tenor in the bass clef for easier reading.
  • Studio Chart - see Rhythm Chart.
  • Synchronization License - A license required to syncronize a song to a video.