Updated regarding 501(c)(3) status, music, and permissions
A week ago we began the time, money, and resource intensive process to transfer the Divine Office Ministry into a Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. We (me and legal experts) have completed our filing paperwork and it will be signed this weekend and submitted early next week. Once submitted, the process is expected to take a few months leading to our expected approval of 501(c)(3) status. I expect all contributions made this year will be tax deductible, but that is only my uneducated opinion.
In the past week I had a good discussion with the permissions office of GIA where we discussed licensing 42 hymns. GIA has one of the widest selections of hymns, as well as their recordings, of any hymn publisher. Royalties will be costly, but manageable. There are additional benefits to working with GIA for they manage permissions within the USA for the Grail psalms (current and upcoming translations).
While we look towards a possibility of licensing from GIA, we strongly desire to buildup our own catalogue of hymns. This is not only to save on royalty costs, but to bring back translations from the original Latin. Doing so would elevate the Divine Office. Furthermore, having our own catalogue of hymns could be used to financially support this ministry as it also reduces our cost for royalties so it becomes a win in quality and cost.
If you haven’t visited our Hymns Needed link from the right side of our website then you may find it interesting. It is evolving as members of our community research and discover wonderful resources.
Many of the hymns you will be hearing for the next few weeks are substitutes until we can bring in what we have been working on or that have come from our community. Please be patient, but do let us know your feelings.
Remember, we must close our doors to new members very soon. We have been graciously allowed to remain open to new members, but we are only remaining open now because we found that a sizable group of you were able to access without logging in. This would have been very unfortunate if we had closed off the site to only registered folks without you knowing you hadn’t registered. So, we are very close. Please make sure you have registered and successfully logged in. Don’t worry that you lose a password because you will always be able to recover your password or get our help to regain your access. Send those requests to [email protected]
I also wish to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have vision impairments or disabilities for getting in touch with us. Please continue to do so by sending us an email at [email protected] When you contact us let us know how we can serve your needs better. We know that there is no other way for many of you to pray the Liturgy of the Hours and so you become the most important souls we serve.
Lastly and most importantly, we are very grateful for being called to serve a community as wonderful as all of you. We are grateful that even through my naivety and missteps that threatened this ministry that those controlling vital permissions have granted us time to bring our house into order. We ask all of you to continue to pray that we receive the guidance and support needed to make this work endure and that you pray for intercession that those who hold the keys to our future will grant us all needed permissions and support this great work for God, our Divinium Officum.
Divine Office producer and servant to God