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06/17/16 – Competitive Cheer Music Copyright Update

June 17, 2016 Cheer Blog Updates


In mid-May, USA Cheer, along with Varsity Spirit, sent out emails to competitive cheer coaches concerning music copyrights. Since that time, staff has had the opportunity to review and discuss the information that was published, including discussions with counsel.

The purpose of the communication was two-fold. First off, it reminds our schools, coaches, and choreographers of the copyright laws and use of music; and secondly, it provides a listing of providers to help guide you through copyright issues.

The Association purchases an ASCAP license for its State Championships. This purchase by the KHSAA does not include usage by individual schools who must adhere to the copyright laws regarding the use of music.

We are posting below the information USA Cheer and Varsity Spirit published in the event our coaches did not receive the information. Please review the following links for more information:

USA Cheer Music Copyrights Educational Initiative Announcement

USA Cheer Music Information

USA Cheer Preferred Music Providers

Varsity Spirit Information

Schools, coaches, and choreographers should only use music from the USA Cheer Preferred Music Providers. We will update schools and coaches as we receive additional information.


The KHSAA staff routinely publishes blog posts to better communicate with its various constituencies and the public. For a list of those blogs, go to


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