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.

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For us, music projects the right atmosphere and is the beating heart of the business. Phil Patterson Owner The Stokers Halt, Belfast
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The power of background music

Whether you’re playing background music via audio devices, jukeboxes and TVs, background music in your pub or bar has the potential to enhance the experience and create an atmosphere that your customers and staff enjoy. Your background music choices can create that ‘feel good’ mood and encourage customers to stay, and return!

Turn a bar into a dance floor and find out more about the power of background music for pubs and bars…

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 £518.91 (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.

Quote Checklist

Background music

  • 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.

Live events

  • Number and capacity of live events held per year

Specially featured entertainment events, e.g. DJs and dances

  • Number, capacity, duration and 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)

Music Videos

  • Number of TV screens music videos are played on

Understanding your music licence royalties

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

PPL Tariffs
  • Background music in public houses and bars
  • Jukeboxes with background music facility
  • Jukeboxes with background music facility - Future
  • Jukeboxes without background music facility
  • Jukeboxes without background music facility - Future
  • Pop/music quizzes
  • Specially featured entertainment
  • Background music in offices
  • Background music - music videos (VPL tariff)
  • Foreground music - music videos (VPL 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.