ATTENTION All Cheer and Dance Coaches and Administrators:
Recent enforcement efforts by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) have highlighted the need for compliance with US Copyright Law. The Massachusetts School Administrators Association (MSAA) is providing the following information regarding the use of copyrighted music at school cheer and dance events (pep rallies, Homecoming events, cheer or dance routines in general, etc.) including competition routines.
The licenses purchased by the MSAA for the regional and state championships do not cover the music usage by individual schools. Each school is obligated to comply with copyright laws regarding the use of music. We understand that this change has come up at a time in the year where coaches may have already started the process of ordering, or have already ordered music. Coaches should contact his/her music provider to see what steps they take to ensure that they are in compliance. A list of preferred vendors has been compiled by USA Cheer and is included in the links below.
The information provided here and in the links below should not be construed as legal advice. If you have specific questions or concerns related to copyright laws, please contact an attorney.
MSAA EXCELLENCE IN COACHING NOMINATION FORM
“Recognizing Excellence in Character, Achievement and Coaching”
2012 John Beaton
2013 Patrica Maroney
2013 Mary Soucy
2014 Adrienne DeGeorge
2015 Patti Johnson
2018 Sue Pereira
The MSAA is please to announce it will be awarding Cheerleading teams, during the fall and winter seasons, Community Service Awards.
Nominations are currently being requested for the MSAA Community Service Award. These awards will be presented annually to a specific team performing one or more community service projects.
2013 Norwood High School
2014 Nashoba Valley Tech High School
2014 Plymouth South High School
2014 North Middlesex High School
2014 South Hadley High School
2014 Dighton Rehoboth High School
2015 Georgetown High School
The Cheerleading Committee shall oversee and regulate all cheerleading activities; Develop for MSAA Board of Directors action a recommended budget for cheerleading activities; Organize and sponsor Cheerleading Tournaments that will lead to State Championship(s); Recommend to the MSAA Board of Directors those to be engaged and the stipends for those engaged to fulfill activities sponsored by the Cheerleading Committee.