- 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.
Pubs and bars use music in a number of different ways.
Whether you’re hosting live performances and DJs or playing background music via audio devices and TVs, you’ll usually need TheMusicLicence for your pub or bar.
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.
For us, music projects the right atmosphere and is the beating heart of the business. Phil Patterson Owner The Stokers Halt, Belfast
How is my music licence cost calculated?
If you play background music via radio and TV in a pub or bar that is 400 sqm, your combined yearly pub and bar music licence could cost around £366 (excluding VAT).
The cost of TheMusicLicence varies depending on the specific characteristics of each pub or bar, 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 pub or bar music licence.
- The areas where music is used, such as in a café, bar or staff office areas
- The square meterage of each area where music is audible
- Type of devices used to play music, such as TV, radio, CDs etc.
- Number and capacity of live events held per year
Specially featured entertainment events, e.g. DJs and dances
- Number, duration and average attendance of specially featured events held per year
- Number of karaoke sessions
- Number and type of jukeboxes in your venue (and name of supplier if rented)
- Number of TV screens music videos are played on
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 you.
Background music in public houses and bars
Specially featured entertainment
Jukeboxes with background music facility
Jukeboxes without background music facility
Background music in offices
Background music - music videos
Foreground music - music videos
- 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.
- 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.
- A PPL PRS discretionary charging policy may be applicable if you are holding a private family event, such as a birthday or wedding. Please contact us on 0800 0720 808 for further information.