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Howard Rachinski

Chairman / Founder

Howard Rachinski is Chairman/Founder of Christian Copyright Licensing International, Inc. (CCLI), and creator of the Church Copyright License, which helps churches comply with the copyright law. CCLI is currently serving approximately 250,000 churches in over 30 countries. In addition, Howard has also overseen the development and successful implementation of a master recording reproduction license, a church worship streaming license and an on-line song database, enabling extensive song research, audio sampling and lyric and sheet music downloading through means of an annual subscription service. Through these resources, Howard has overseen a greatly-valued and successful ministry to churches and, at the same time, has been a significant contributor to the fairness of song value to songwriters, artists, publishers and record companies.

Howard has experience as a songwriter, arranger, record producer and music sales manager, and is recognized as an experienced seminar leader and contributing editor in music copyright law issues. His experience also extends to the local church arena where he was an associate pastor for seven years, and a music minister for five years in one of the nation’s largest churches, where he directed an 80-voice choir and a 30-piece orchestra.

Howard is also recognized as an enthusiastic conference speaker, and specializes in teaching on church music culture, music ministry and team development.

Industry Experience

Mr. Rachinski has considerable experience in the music industry:

  • Founder of the Church Copyright License, a service currently used by approximately 250,000 churches worldwide
  • Author of “The Church & Music Copyright Law” seminar
  • Contributing editor to Worship Leader Magazine
  • Recipient (CCLI) of the 1994 Gospel Music Association’s Impact Award, for outstanding contribution to the Gospel Music Industry
  • Recipient of Outstanding Achievement award in 1995 from the Administrators of Gospel Music
  • Recipient of Exemplary Service award in 1999 from the Church Music Publishers Association
  • Included in “Who’s Who In The World” and “Who’s Who In American Christian Leadership” editions
Portrait of CCLI Chairman and Founder, Howard Rachinski

Howard Rachinski

Chairman / Founder


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