Music in healthcare surroundings could enhance the atmosphere and create an environment people enjoy.

Whether you’re playing music in doctors, dentist or clinic reception areas, waiting rooms or staff areas, you’ll usually need TheMusicLicence.

By obtaining TheMusicLicence you will be able to play PRS for Music and PPL music legally in your healthcare organisation and enjoy its benefits whilst ensuring that its creators are fairly rewarded for their work.

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Background Music Healthcare Licence

The power of background music

Whether you’re playing music in reception and waiting areas, background music in your healthcare organisation has the potential enhance the experience you provide to your customers and staff.

Find out more about the power of background music for healthcare organisations…

Music in reception, helps patients mentally & physically relax prior to their treatment - which makes the clinicians jobs easier! Coalville Chiropractic Clinic

How is my music licence cost calculated?

The cost of TheMusicLicence varies depending on the specific characteristics of each healthcare organisation, 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 healthcare music licence.

Quote Checklist

Background music

  • The areas where music is audible, such as treatment areas, waiting rooms, office areas, cafes etc.
  • The square meterage of each area where music is audible
  • Number of chairs in waiting rooms
  • Number of beds supplied with recorded music

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 healthcare organisation, you can view the individual PPL and PRS for Music tariffs that may be applicable to you.

PPL Tariffs
  • Background music in waiting areas and reception rooms
  • Background music in offices
  • Supply of recorded music to patient beds
  • Telephone music on hold
  • Background music in cafes, restaurants and bars
  • Background music in shops and stores
  • Background music gymnasium workout
  • Exercise to music
PRS for Music Tariffs

Discretionary Charging Policies

PPL and PRS for Music each separately operate a number of discretionary charging policies setting out circumstances in which, whilst legally entitled to do so, they choose not to apply a charge. Due to the specific nature of these policies please contact us for more information and to check if any of them apply to you.


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.