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Movie Performance License for School Libraries

Movie License Information for the School Years:  2022-2023 and 2023-2024

The Department of Libraries (VTLIB) in partnership with the Agency of Education (AOE), will provide free movie streaming and public performance licenses through Swank Motion Pictures, Inc to Vermont public schools for the next two school years, 2022-2023 and 2023-2024. Educators can use the Swank K-12 Streaming platform to incorporate movies and documentaries into lesson plans. The service also gives every student access to teacher-assigned films for in-person or remote learning.

The AOE is supporting the service financially, using ARPA ESSER state set-aside funds intended to expand remote learning opportunities to support a robust educational system that provide high quality learning opportunities despite geographic or other barriers. VTLIB will continue to provide administrative access, support, and training for school librarians. School librarians support educators in providing these services to students in their districts and schools.

All VT public schools will automatically be licensed for public performances for the duration of this contract. The Department of Libraries will keep your license certificates on file. Please let us know if you need your copy. You are not required to display it at your school.

Please note that because this service is funded through one-time ARP ESSER state set aside funds, it will be available only through September 30, 2024. Schools that wish to continue the service after that time are encouraged to start seeking funding sources that will enable them to do so at the local level.

Unfortunately, licensing is not available for approved independent schools through this contract. Independent schools should reach out to the licensing company directly to explore purchasing options.

Informational Webinars:

Recorded Webinar: Swank Streaming + Licensing 2022 Q&A- Vermont Public School Libraries

Passcode to view recording: VS!v05u

User Information:

SWANK K-12 Licensing Page (copyright info, promotion ideas, and more)

SWANK K-12 Streaming Page (copyright info, promotion ideas, and more- please note this is NOT the portal for streaming. View the HOW TO LOG IN document for information about accessing the streaming portal.)

How to log in (Your streaming credentials will be the same as last year. Please let us know if you need to retrieve them)

Teacher Guide

Licensing and Streaming Flyer


  • What is the difference between the public performance movie license and free streaming?

Please refer to the SWANK FAQ for information on licensing.

  • Does the public performance license allow me to show streaming movies from the Swank platform?

Yes. You may show any legally obtained movies under the public performance license agreement.

  • How much does the public performance movie license cost?

Public performance licenses for the school years 2022-2023/2023-2024 will be included in the Swank contract and are free for all public schools. The Department of Libraries will keep your license certificate on file. Let us know if you need your copy.
Independent schools are encouraged to work directly with the movie licensing company to receive public performance lincenses.

For questions contact Janette Shaffer, Asst. State Librarian or Jonathan Clark, Consultant for Youth Services

Project offered in collaboration with the Vermont Agency of Education and funded by ARP ESSER state set-aside funds.