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Do I need TheMusicLicence?

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If you play or perform music in your business or organisation, the chances are you need TheMusicLicence.

Under The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, permission is needed from the relevant copyright holders – those people who create music – in order to play or perform music in public

Obtaining TheMusicLicence gives you this permission, in relation to the vast majority of commercially available music. This ranges from grassroots and independent artists and composers through to the biggest names in the business.


The music is only for the employees, do I still need TheMusicLicence?

Even if you are only playing music in your business or organisation for employees, then you’ll usually need TheMusicLicence.

Music that’s played outside of a domestic environment is classed as a public performance, even if the music can only be heard by employees in the workplace, canteen or staff areas.

TheMusicLicence gives you permission to play music in your business or organisation for your employees.

If you’re unsure about whether you need a licence, please contact us.

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(8am–6pm, Monday–Friday)


I work alone, do I still need TheMusicLicence?

If you are using music in a business or organisation that has employees, customers or visitors to the premises then you will usually need TheMusicLicence.

PPL and PRS for Music do however operate a discretionary policy whereby they do not apply a charge to homeworkers (within a private residence working on their own) or for workplaces with only one worker, where music is not made available to any visitors/customers coming onto the premises.

If you’re unsure about whether you need a licence, please contact us.

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(8am–6pm, Monday–Friday)


I only play the radio, why do I need TheMusicLicence?

If you are playing the radio in your business or organisation, you’ll usually need TheMusicLicence. Although the radio stations pay both PPL and PRS for Music for the right to broadcast, it does not include playing the radio in public, such as business premises.

TheMusicLicence allows you to legally play music for employees, customers or visitors in your business or organisation.

If you’re unsure about whether you need a licence, please contact us.

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(8am–6pm, Monday–Friday)


I only use the TV to play sports, why do I need a TheMusicLicence?

Sports programming uses more music than people realise, such as opening and closing titles, highlights and featured sequences as well as the advertisements during commercial breaks. You’ll therefore usually need TheMusicLicence to use the television for showing sports and other programming in public.

If you’re unsure about whether you need a licence, please contact us.

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(8am–6pm, Monday–Friday)


I already have a TV licence, why do I need TheMusicLicence?

It is easy to forget that music is used all the time within TV programmes, advertisements during commercial breaks and other broadcasts. A TV licence only allows you to receive the broadcast signal for the television.

If you wish to use the TV in public, such as at your business premises, you will usually need TheMusicLicence to cover the music included in those programmes.

If you’re unsure about whether you need a licence, please contact us.

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(8am–6pm, Monday–Friday)


I have music on my telephone on hold system, do I need TheMusicLicence?

If you are using commercially-released music on your telephone system in your business or organisation, then you’ll usually need TheMusicLicence.

The music on your telephone system is being played for your customers and is classed as public performance. In some cases, PPL and PRS for Music have agreements in place with telephone on hold music suppliers who provide you with TheMusicLicence as part of the service they offer.

If you’re unsure about whether you need a licence, please contact us.

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(8am–6pm, Monday–Friday)


I use music at an educational establishment, do I still need TheMusicLicence?

If you are using music in an educational establishment, including nurseries, pre-schools, playgroups, crèches, schools, sixth forms, colleges or universities, please contact us to discuss your music usage so we can ensure you are correctly licensed.

If you are unsure about whether you need TheMusicLicence for your music, please contact us.

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(8am–6pm, Monday–Friday)


I use a royalty free music supplier, do I still need a licence?

TheMusicLicence covers virtually all commercially released music available. Where you have chosen not to use that music, there are a number of circumstances where you may not need TheMusicLicence.

If you do not think that the music you use is covered by PPL PRS you should ask for confirmation from your supplier. If you then forward the confirmation through to us, we will update our records.

If you are unsure about whether you need TheMusicLicence for your music, please contact us.

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(8am–6pm, Monday–Friday)


I use international music, do I need TheMusicLicence?

Not only do PPL and PRS for Music represent millions of musical compositions and recordings from UK artists and music creators. They also represent international artists and music creators through over 100 affiliated societies, that all operate under reciprocal agreements, in over 150 different countries around the world.

The royalties collected are passed to the relevant overseas society who will in turn pay the artists and music creators. So, if the international music is covered by a reciprocal agreement, you will require TheMusicLicence.

You can use the PPL and PRS for Music repertoire searches to see what music is covered.

If you are unsure about whether you need TheMusicLicence for your music, please contact us.

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(8am–6pm, Monday–Friday)


If I have already purchased the music, why do I need to pay for a licence?

Purchasing music either digitally on a CD, record or tape permits you to listen to it at home for your personal use. However, if this music is played outside your home as a public performance, then you’ll usually need TheMusicLicence.

If you’re unsure about whether you need TheMusicLicence for your music, please contact us.

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(8am–6pm, Monday–Friday)


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