Music in hair and beauty salons and studios can help create an environment that people enjoy.

Whether you’re playing background music on the salon floor or in beauty treatment areas, you’ll usually need TheMusicLicence for your salon or studio.

By obtaining TheMusicLicence you’ll be able to play PRS for Music and PPL music legally in your hair and beauty business and enjoy its benefits whilst ensuring that its creators are fairly rewarded for their work.

Music definitely impacts the salon positively. It just gives it a good vibe. Paula Foskett Owner One.a Salon, Caernarfon
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The power of background music

Whether you’re playing music on the salon or studio floor or in treatment and waiting areas, background music in your salon or studio has the potential enhance the experience you provide to your customers and staff. The background music you play could be the deciding factor for a customer when choosing between you and your competitors!

Turn a salon into a soundstage and find out more about the power of background music for salons and studios…

How is my music licence cost calculated?

If you have up to 10 chairs or treatment tables in your salon or studio, your combined yearly music licence could cost around £269 (excluding VAT).

The cost of TheMusicLicence varies depending on the specific characteristics of each business, so please contact us for a quote. Before doing so, please ensure you’ve read our Music Licence Quote Checklist for each section that is applicable to you, and have the relevant information ready so we can provide an accurate quote for your salon music licence.

Quote Checklist

Salon background music

  • Number of stylist chairs and/or treatment tables

Music videos

  • The number of TV screens any music videos are played on

Telephone music on hold

  • Details of any telephone on hold music

Understanding your music licence royalties

To help you understand how much TheMusicLicence could cost for your hair and beauty business, you can view the individual PPL and PRS for Music tariffs that may be applicable to you.

PPL Tariffs
  • Background music in hair and beauty salons
  • Background music - music videos (VPL tariff)
  • Telephone music on hold
PRS for Music Tariffs


Do I need TheMusicLicence?
  • Under The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, permission is needed from the copyright holders – generally those who create, record and publish music – in order to play or perform music in public (broadly, this means in any other context than a domestic one).
  • Through their many thousands of members, PPL and PRS for Music manage these rights in the vast majority of commercially released music available, and license that music for use by businesses and organisations in the UK via TheMusicLicence.
  • This means that, if you play or perform music in your business or organisation in the UK, you will usually need TheMusicLicence. Instead of potentially having to contact many thousands of music rights holders individually for permission to play or perform their music, TheMusicLicence gives you those permissions in a single, simple transaction.
Can I play or perform music by specific artists only?
  • TheMusicLicence covers millions of songs and recordings, including the most popular and well-loved music not just from the UK but also from around the world.
  • You can play or perform the music of specific artists only if you wish, but it will not affect the cost of your licence. That’s because the cost is not calculated based on which music artists you play, but instead depends on factors such as the size of your business or organisation and the ways you use music.
Where does the money go?
  • When businesses and organisations pay PPL PRS Ltd for TheMusicLicence, we pass those royalties on to our parent companies, PPL and PRS for Music (after deduction of our running costs). The royalties are shared between PPL and PRS for Music based on which of their respective licensing tariffs apply to the music usage under your licence, and the costs due under those tariffs.
  • PPL and PRS for Music each have databases storing details of millions of musical compositions and recordings. Together with a wealth of information about what music is being used by customers, this enables PPL and PRS for Music to determine fairly and efficiently which of their members to pay, and how much to pay them.
  • This means that, by purchasing TheMusicLicence, you are supporting the future of music by helping to ensure its creators are paid for their work, so that the people who write, perform and record it can continue making the music you love.