Music for Online Worship

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Hymn Copyright & Permissions

Our new-and-improved chart (PDF) provides copyright & permission information for all hymns in Singing the Living Tradition and Singing the Journey.

Using Music Videos in Worship

All Unitarian Universalist congregations and worship leaders are asked to review our new WorshipWeb guidelines (PDF) , developed in collaboration with the Association for UU Music Ministries (AUUMM). These new guidelines apply to all videos on this page, except for the videos below identified as commissioned.

These videos are intended to lighten the burdens imposed by online worship. They should not be used to justify decreasing the wages or positions of professional music staff. We also ask that you provide full attribution to the composers and lyricists on your screens, not just verbally, for each piece that you incorporate into worship.

Music Submissions

Before sending WorshipWeb your music video(s), please review our music submission guidelines.

Song-Leading Music

These videos create an intimate, easy way to learn new songs. They were commissioned, and can be used without making further financial donations.

Hymns

Singing the Living Tradition

Singing the Journey

Hymn-Based Music

These videos are great to use as preludes or musical meditations/interludes in your online worship services:

  • "We Are Gathered" (YouTube), whose text (to a familiar hymn) was written specifically for virtual worship by Amanda Udis-Kessler. Video by video by Jane Clabaugh. Please make a donation to The Movement for Black Lives or Color of Change.
  • Adam and Matt Podd's arrangement of "My Life Flows on in Endless Song" ("How Can I Keep From Singing") (YouTube), featuring musicians and singers from Grace Chorale of Brooklyn, First Unitarian Congregational Society in Brooklyn, and First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn. (Quaker text; melody by American Baptist minister Robert Wadsworth Lowry; #108 in Singing the Living Tradition). Adam's PayPal ID: adampodd@gmail.com/Venmo: @adampodd
  • "We Are" by Dr. Ysaÿe Barnwell (Vimeo), performed by Dr. Ysaÿe Barnwell and the UUA General Assembly 2020 virtual choir. Produced and Directed by Benjie Messer. Video Editing and Motion Graphics by Izzy Hyman. Audio Editing by Sam Plattner. Photos by Clint McKoy, Christopher L. Walton, Paul Becker, Janine Gelsinger, and contributed by members of the choir. All audio and videos was captured by musicians in their own homes. Dr. Barnwell notes that if you've purchased scores for each of your singers, there is nothing else required. However, if you wish to use this piece in worship, please send a one-time fee of $30 to Barnwells Notes, Inc., 2442 Tunlaw Rd North West, Washington, D.C. 20007.

Classical

(Mostly) Original Music