To establish a strong communication network serving the Body of Christ, which enables the dispensing of comprehensive and valuable informational, inspirational resources, both primary and secondary in origination.
CCLI's Mission Statement
To encourage the spirit of worship to churches, organizations, and Christians individually, so that they may enhance their worship expression spontaneously, conveniently, affordably and legally.
From Humble Launch to Worldwide Impact
On October 1, 1988, with representation of 120 publishers, the Church Copyright License was launched. After 1 year, more than 9,500 churches had access to more than 200 publisher catalogs. In April 1990, CCLI expanded its operation to cover the churches in Canada. After 2 years of operation more than 23,000 churches were utilizing the Church Copyright License. On July 1, 1991, Christian Copyright Licensing Ltd. assumed the British CMA operation and began servicing more than 7,200 church license holders in the UK and in 1994 this expanded to serve UK schools for their daily act of Collective Worship. On April 1, 1993, CCLI started its licensing program in Asia-Pacific, initially covering Australia and New Zealand. And in June 1995, the program was expanded to cover churches in South Africa.
On September 1, 1997, CCLI began offering for the first time the Photocopy License, in Australia and New Zealand, to provide a way for songs (including the music) to be legally photocopied.
On February 1, 1998, CCLI expanded for the first time into non-English speaking countries with the launch of the Church Copyright License in Sweden. Today the CCL is also available in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland.
On April 1, 1998 after four years of research and discussion with copyright owners the Music Reproduction License was offered for the first time to provide UK license holders a way to photocopy musical compositions intended for congregational participation.
CCLI now serves more than 200,000 churches worldwide in worship. It was founded as a ministry of the Church and a service to the Church, to educate the Church about copyright laws, to protect the Church from the consequences of copyright infringements and to encourage greater utilization of copyrights in Church services.