Music can be used in different ways in offices, factories and workplaces.

Whether you’re playing music in office environments, on the factory floor, radio in the workplace or for the telephone on hold system, you’ll usually need TheMusicLicence.

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


Music Licence for Office

The power of background music

Whether you’re playing music in an office, canteen or factory floor, background music in your business has the potential enhance the experience you provide to your staff.

Turn an office into an auditorium and find out more about the power of background music for offices and workplaces…

How is my music licence cost calculated?

For a small workplace with four or fewer employees, where background music is played from the radio or another device, and is not audible to customers or visitors, your combined yearly music licence will cost around £99 (excluding VAT).

The cost of TheMusicLicence varies depending on the specific characteristics of each office or workplace, 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 workplace music licence.

Quote Checklist

Background music

  • Number of employees, working days and hours of operation
  • The areas where music is used, such as office areas, factory floors, waiting rooms, canteens etc.
  • The square meterage of each area where music is audible
  • Type of devices used to play music, such as radio, CDs, TVs etc.

Music on hold

  • Details of any telephone on hold music

Understanding your music licence royalties

To help you understand how much TheMusicLicence could cost, you can view the individual PPL and PRS for Music tariffs that may be applicable to your office, factory or workplace.

PPL Tariffs
  • Background music in factories and offices
  • Background music in restaurants and cafes
  • Telephone music on hold
  • Small workplaces tariff
PRS for Music Tariffs


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.