What is a Music Licence?
For many businesses, music can be considered an important part of their service offering, used to help deliver a stand out experience for customers and visitors.
The right choice of music has the potential to improve the atmosphere, lift the mood and help draw people in store or into restaurants, bars and venues. When music is performed and played in public, whether that be shops, restaurants or any other type of public venue, a Music Licence is required.
WARNING - If you play music in public or a business premises you are infringing copyright laws. If you play live or recorded music in public without a licence you could be sued for damages and potentially face serving prison time.
How to apply for a Music Licence
The UK's two music licensing organisations are PPL (Phonographic Performance Limited) and PRS (Performing Right Society for Music).
Previously, businesses and organisations had to obtain separate music licences from PPL and PRS for Music. The Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 states you need to get permission from the copyright holder to ‘perform’ music in public.
PPL and PRS have combined their services together to form PPL PRS Ltd. The Music Licence grants permission to perform music in public.
To apply for a Music Licence, applicants will need to apply via PPL PRS Ltd
How much does a Music Licence cost?
The cost of a Music Licence depends on a number of factors including your type of venue and how you use music in your day-to-day operations. There a different cost to a Cinema playing background music in the foyer, to a Coffee shop playing music the whole day as customers drink beverages for example.
The cost of a Music Licence is also based as to whether the music will be used for background purposes or specially featured entertainment.
To find out more about how costs are calculated and how much a Music Licence will cost for your venue, please visit PPL PRS Ltd