Permission to republish Sing For Joy® content

The content that appears on the Sing For Joy website is the property of St. Olaf College and is protected by copyright. This includes text, audio, photos, graphics, trademarks, and logos ("content"). St. Olaf College reserves the right to refuse to grant permission for reuse of its content.

Below you will find information on permissible uses of Sing For Joy content.

Free Use (no formal permission required)

  • Personal use:

    This means your own private use of the content. This means that you may not engage in any kind of further distribution, reprinting, reposting, or rebroadcast (over the airwaves or on the web), either commercial or noncommercial. A personal website does not count as personal use.

  • Linking to our site:

    You are welcome to place a link to any Sing For Joy text page (but not to audio files) on your site, subject to certain guidelines.

  • School use (K-12, college / university):

    Teachers may make up to 35 copies of text material for one-time classroom use. The Sing For Joy copyright notice must be retained.

  • Academic use of online audio:

    It is always permissible to play audio files directly from the Sing For Joy website in the classroom. See below for guidelines on the use of downloaded audio.

  • Academic citations:

    It is always permissible to quote or cite Sing For Joy content as a reference in an academic paper, subject to the same guidelines as any other reference source. Such citations should be footnoted according to the style manual used in your academic institution.

  • RSS feeds:

    Please refer to our RSS page for details.

Prohibited use (St. Olaf College generally does not grant permission for these uses)

  • Political:

    Use of Sing For Joy content by political organizations, including individual candidates, parties, PACs, or other entities of a mainly political nature, is not permitted.

  • Promotional use:

    Sing For Joy content may not be used in advertising, promotional, marketing, or testimonial material for products or services.

  • Logos/trademarks:

    Sing For Joy logos and registered trademarks may not be reproduced, except in very limited circumstances (e.g. by broadcast partners).

  • Licensed material:

    St. Olaf College cannot grant rights for content it has licensed from another source, such as Associated Press content, Getty photos, or historical recordings.

License-required Use (formal permission from Sing For Joy is required)

  • Reposting of Sing For Joy text material on the web

  • Reprinting Sing For Joy text material in a journal, newspaper, newsletter, or academic course pack

  • Reprinting text material in a book, or using audio material as a supplement to a book

  • Use of audio or other content in a film, live performance, artwork, presentation, or for broadcast

    Please note that the use of certain types of material, e.g. concert recordings, may also entail music licensing fees and additional permissions from performers or other parties.

  • Use of audio in K-12 or college/university courses:

    Audio downloads of Sing For Joy content may be kept for classroom use in one course. New permission must be obtained for any subsequent courses.

Permission Requests

To request permission for license required use, or if you are interested in using Sing For Joy content in a manner not covered above, please contact Exectuive Producer Jeffrey O'Donnell at 507-786-8613 or


Licensing fees and/or royalties for use of Sing For Joy content are determined on a case-by-case basis, depending on a number of factors (such as the amount of material used, scope of distribution, and whether the requester is a commercial or noncommercial entity).