It is suggested that, in the case of a block agreement with a local education authority allowing any educational institution in its area to use any of the 250 songs, individual institutions would not pay any sum (although their local authority, should it wish, may charge institutions a small sum). This is obviously the most economical solution.
At the same time, whilst most institutions would use one (or as many as required) of the 250 songs, an individual institution, or a grouping, may wish to have a specially written song. Its theme could be anything from local pride (e.g., a regional flavour maybe of the Isle of Wight) to particular aspects of school tradition. Moreover, it may be wished to have the school motto (and, if in Latin, its meaning) embodied in the words.
This can be done but would be more expensive and, in such a situation, the practical implications of implementing the wish should be considered. Thus there are several possibilities. For example, one member of staff might be delegated to take responsibility and to communicate via post and email with no visits involved. This would be relatively economical.
Yet, in contrast, there might be two visits to the institution (involving lengthy travel and hotel accommodation) in order to absorb atmosphere, discover information, learn of desired concepts and talk to the people who have a direct interest in contributing to their song. Those people, moreover, could include head teacher, staff, parents, governors and alumni all of whom might have strongly varying opinions. In such circumstances, complication and delay are possible with likely increase in expense.
Furthermore, some songs are substantial pieces of work involving considerable creative and other effort.
When a specially written song is agreed, it will then be possible to purchase all rights outright (with, in the case of a grouping, increase for the number of institutions involved). This keeps things as simple as possible.
Another 2,500 (two thousand five hundred) melodies are available for such songs.
That said, it would generally be simpler and undoubtedly cheaper (indeed, in most cases, free of direct charge) if authorities and institutions take advantage of the extraordinarily wide choice available among the 250 songs in five albums.
Altering words and writing own words
It might be wished to alter the existing words of a song or, alternatively, to supply lyrics for one of the melodies which, at the moment, are without words. This is possible in both cases.
Colleges and universities
While the present focus is on primary and secondary educational institutions it is noted that many colleges and universities do not have their own song or anthem. The situation needs to be rectified.
Moreover, English-speaking schools, colleges and universities around the world also need something embodying their ethos and values. They, too, should have their own song.