No matter what the venue type, music can be used to help enhance the overall atmosphere.

There are a range of tariffs to cover the different uses of music across various venue types. However, the cost of TheMusicLicence will vary according to your music use so you’ll need to contact us directly to arrange a quote.

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 you.

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PPL Tariffs
  • Background Music Tariff - Aircraft, PPLPP044
  • Background Music Tariff - Amusement & Pleasure Parks, PPLPP071
  • Background Music Tariff - Amusement Arcades, PPLPP073
  • Background Music Tariff - Bingo Sessions, PPLPP070
  • Background Music Tariff - Buses & Coaches, PPLPP041
  • Background Music Tariff - Caravan Parks, PPLPP090
  • Background Music Tariff - Casinos, PPLPP074
  • Background Music Tariff - Cinemas, PPLPP036
  • Background Music Tariff - Concert Venues, PPLPP057
  • Background Music Tariff - Concert Venues, PPLPP057 - Future
  • Background Music Tariff - Factories & Offices, PPLPP212
  • Background Music Tariff - Gymnasium Workout, PPLPP049
  • Background Music Tariff - Gymnastics Clubs, PPLPP059
  • Background Music Tariff - Hairdressing & Beauty Salons, PPLPP113
  • Background Music Tariff - Holiday Centres, PPLPP088
  • Background Music Tariff - Inland & Coastal Vessels, PPLPP042
  • Background Music Tariff - Laser Space Games, PPLPP056
  • Background Music Tariff - Leisure Centres & Health Clubs, PPLPP054
  • Background Music Tariff - Miscellaneous, PPLPP018
  • Background Music Tariff - Museums & Art Galleries, PPLPP040
  • Background Music Tariff - NAAFI & Armed Services Bases, PPLPP087
  • Background Music Tariff - Nightclubs, Discotheques & Dance Halls, PPLPP017
  • Background Music Tariff - Public Houses/Bars/Restaurants & Cafes/Hotels, PPLPP210
  • Background Music Tariff - Railway, Underground & Bus/Coach Stations, PPLPP043
  • Background Music Tariff - Registered Members Clubs, PPLPP016
  • Background Music Tariff - Shops & Stores, PPLPP211
  • Background Music Tariff - Skating Rinks, PPLPP052
  • Background Music Tariff - Small Residential Hotels & Guest Houses, PPLPP289
  • Background Music Tariff - Small Workplaces, PPLPP225
  • Background Music Tariff - Small Workplaces, PPLPP225 - Future
  • Background Music Tariff - Spectator Sports, PPLPP051
  • Background Music Tariff - Spectator Sports, PPLPP051 - Future
  • Background Music Tariff - Swimming Pools, PPLPP050
  • Background Music Tariff - Synchronised Swimming, PPLPP053
  • Background Music Tariff - Telephone Music On Hold, PPLPP084
  • Background Music Tariff - Ten Pin Bowling Centres, PPLPP055
  • Background Music Tariff - Theatres, PPLPP031
  • Background Music Tariff - Waiting Rooms & Receptions, PPLPP085
  • Amateur Sports Clubs Tariff (not for profit), PPLPP223
  • Amateur Theatrical Performances Tariff, PPLPP030
  • CEFM - Schools Tariff, PPLPP114
  • CEFM - Schools Tariff, PPLPP114 - Future
  • Churches Tariff, PPLPP115
  • Community Buildings Tariff, PPLPP116
  • Country & Western Dances Tariff, PPLPP027
  • Country & Western Dances Tariff, PPLPP027 - Future
  • Dance Centre & Studio Tariff, PPLPP021
  • Dance Supplement - Holiday Centres Tariff, PPLPP024
  • Dance Teachers Tariff, PPLPP020
  • Dressage Tariff, PPLPP058
  • Election Campaigns Tariff, PPLPP083
  • Exercise to Music Tariff, PPLPP222
  • Exhibitions Tariff, PPLPP080
  • Fashion Shows Tariff, PPLPP062
  • Folk Club Dances Tariff, PPLPP026
  • Folk Club Dances Tariff, PPLPP026 - Future
  • Jukeboxes with Background Music Facility Tariff, PPLPP010
  • Jukeboxes without Background Music Facility Tariff, PPLPP011
  • Listening Posts & Touch screens Kiosks Tariff, PPLPP037
  • Mobile DJ Tariff, PPLPP004
  • Nurseries Tariff, PPLPP226
  • Pop/Music Quizzes Tariff, PPLPP003
  • Practice & Social Dances Tariff, PPLPP023
  • Practice & Social Dances Tariff, PPLPP023 - Future
  • Public Address Engineers Tariff, PPLPP082
  • Public Address Engineers Tariff, PPLPP082 - Future
  • Puppet/Marionette/Magic Shows Tariff, PPLPP034
  • Scottish & Highland Country Dancing Tariff, PPLPP025
  • Scottish & Highland Country Dancing Tariff, PPLPP025 - Future
  • Single & Casual Events Tariff, PPLPP002
  • Specially Featured Entertainment, PPLPP001
  • Supply of Recorded Music to Hotel Bedrooms, PPLPP213
  • Theatrical Productions Tariff, PPLPP032
  • Theatrical Productions Tariff, PPLPP032 - Future
PRS for Music Tariffs
  • AC Aircraft
  • AMS Not-for-profit amateur sports clubs
  • APS Amusement parks, saloons, arcades, travelling showmen, funfairs
  • AS County, agricultural, horse shows, regattas & open-air events
  • County, agricultural, horse shows, regattas & open-air events - Future
  • B Service & other bands
  • BC Bowling concourses
  • BO Bingo (commercial)
  • C Cinemas
  • CB Community buildings
  • D Commercial discotheques and commercial dance halls
  • DP Dance parties & similar events
  • EE Educational establishments (government-funded & independent schools)
  • EE Educational establishments (government-funded & independent schools) (Future)
  • F&D Fitness & dance
  • F&D Fitness & dance - Future
  • FE Further education colleges
  • FE Further education colleges - Future
  • GP General purposes
  • HC Holiday Centres
  • HCP Holiday caravan parks
  • H&B Hairdressers & Beauty Salons
  • H&B Hairdressers & Beauty Salons - Future
  • HR Hotels, restaurants & cafés
  • I Music in the workplace (industrial premises, offices, canteens, rest rooms)
  • J Clubs (proprietary)
  • JMC Members’ Clubs
  • K Circuses
  • LA Local Authorities
  • LC Classical music concerts & recitals
  • LP Popular music concerts
  • MH Telephone music on hold
  • ML Mobile businesses and limited uses
  • MV Motor Vehicles
  • N Nurseries, pre-schools, playgroups, crèches
  • O Parks, open-air places, pools
  • P Public houses
  • PSB Passenger Ships & Boats
  • RS Shops & stores, showrooms, warehouses
  • SE Sports events at sports grounds, race tracks and stadiums
  • SP Small premises
  • SR Skating rinks (ice or roller)
  • T Theatrical presentations
  • TR Trains
  • UCH University colleges, other institutions of higher education (Previously UC)
  • V Variety shows
  • X Exhibitions & similar functions, trade fairs
  • YCH Youth Clubs, Centres & Hostels
  • YCH Youth Clubs, Centres & Hostels - Future
VPL Tariffs
Charity and Community Discount

Charity and community organisations may apply for a discount against the standard royalty made for events or featured music sessions, in return for advertising of PPL PRS Ltd support at the event. The level of discount applied to your event will be determined by PPL PRS Ltd. For further details you can find our Charity and Community Events Discount Policy here:

Charity and Community Events Discount Policy

Applications will be considered on the following basis:
All proceeds from the event must go to registered charities or named community groups. In addition, the applicable tariff must not already take account of the voluntary or charitable status of the licensee (we will determine this and advise you accordingly). And at least two of the following criteria must be satisfied:

  • The event makes no charge for admission
  • The charitable purpose is a significant element of the advertising for the event
  • The event is principally organised by unpaid volunteers

In addition, please note the following conditions:

  • Customers who wish to apply must complete the application form in full, and PPL PRS Ltd must receive the form at least 14 days prior to the event.
  • PPL PRS Ltd will review all applications and advise whether any discount will be granted to the customer. Completion of the form does not guarantee that any discount will be awarded.
  • The discount is intended mainly for small charities and small community events to which a PPL PRS Ltd licence fee may present a barrier to running an event. However, discounts under this policy may be considered for any charity or community event.
  • A discount will normally only be granted where music use is essential or integral to the charity/community event. A discount will only be granted for background music in exceptional circumstances.
  • The discount will not apply if the customer does not meet the standard payment terms of the licence.
  • We reserve the right to change or remove this policy at any time without notice.

Note: the discount cannot be applied to events in or covered by charges for:

  • Community Buildings
  • Not for Profit Member’s Clubs
  • Nurseries , Crèches, Play Groups and Pre Schools
  • Universities
  • Youth Clubs and Hostels
  • Performances/presentations at Theatres
  • Variety shows
  • Classical music events licensed under PRS for Music tariff LC
  • Popular music events licensed under PRS for Music tariffs LP (where the is a charge for admission)
  • Events covered by licences administered by CEFM or CCLI

A discount will not normally be granted to Key account or Local Authority customers.

If you would like to apply for the discount please complete our Charity and Community discount form and we will be in touch. Please CLICK HERE to access the form.

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If you've already been sent an invoice, you can pay for TheMusicLicence quickly and securely online via sage pay. Please click on Pay Online to pay your invoice.


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.