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What is a back charge?


If you have been playing or performing music before you obtain TheMusicLicence, we may include appropriate charges for prior music usage on your invoice. This is to ensure that you are correctly licensed for that prior usage.

Our ability to apply back charges in this way arises from the fact that playing or performing music without the appropriate licence in place is copyright infringement. Legally, business or organisations infringing copyright in this way can be liable to pay for up to six years’ prior music use.

If you have any queries about how or why a back charge has been applied, please contact our Customer Service Team.

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We offer Direct Debit payment plans to help you spread the cost of TheMusicLicence.

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