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Music licensing company, PPL PRS Limited is hoping to ‘Restore the Rhythm’ to UK business

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Music licensing company, PPL PRS Limited is hoping to ‘Restore the Rhythm’ to UK business

PPL PRS Limited, the Leicester-based music licensing company is launching a campaign to encourage businesses to get back to their best after the COVID-19 pandemic, by using music to ‘Restore the Rhythm’.

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Businesses and organisations who play music to their customers and employees are legally required to obtain TheMusicLicence from PPL PRS. When the Government made the announcement on 23rd March that all non-essential business should close, this also meant that the music that we all enjoyed, be that live or recorded, could no longer be heard in those businesses and venues.

During the period of lockdown PPL PRS, working with their parent companies PPL and PRS for Music, supported all businesses which were unable to open, by not charging for TheMusicLicence for the period of closure. A move that was welcomed by many customers who were faced with uncertainty and financial strain for an unknown period.

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The Government announced in June that many non-essential businesses could re-open, much welcomed by millions of business owners and managers around the country. However, in August the Government also declared that the UK was officially in a recession, and it could take until 2022 to recover financially from the COVID-19 pandemic.1

As businesses open, customers may be anxious about returning to the high street and hospitality. Employees are feeling cautious about the return to their place of work, with new guidelines and processes in place.

The world we know now, compared to this time last year, is a very different place. There are no music festivals or stadium tours, no summer fetes on the beach, public Bonfire and Christmas festivities are being cancelled, sports are being played behind closed doors.  All of these events used music as a way to entertain and connect with people. We can continue to use music in other ways though…

 

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PPL PRS is launching the Restore the Rhythm campaign through trade, mainstream and social media, to help businesses use music to get back to their best.

Music can help to relax that anxious customer going into a hair salon, or it could help ease employees back into office life after months at home with only the radio for company.

PPL PRS believe that music can help to restore the rhythm to the UK economy. When a business plays music, they are not only welcoming their customers and workforce back, they are helping to keep the music industry alive.

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The music industry contributed £5.2 billion2 to the UK economy in 2018, and this industry has been particularly hard hit due to the restrictions on live entertainment, and will continue to be, for the foreseeable future. Many musicians rely on their income from performing live.

By playing music, and purchasing TheMusicLicence, business owners and managers are helping to sustain those musicians who create and perform the music we all know and love. And not just the globally recognisable superstars, the money collected by TheMusicLicence* goes back to music’s grassroots, the emerging artists, session musicians and songwriters.

 

Join the Restore the Rhythm campaign today by sharing your story on social media, of how music is helping your business get back to its best with #restoretherhythm #weareopen


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When it’s time to get back to business, it’s time to strike a chord. It’s time to boost your team’s mojo, time to hit the right note with your customers, time to get back in sync. Time to turn it up!

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93% of businesses surveyed agreed that music has a positive effect on their business*

88% of businesses surveyed agreed that music lifts the mood and creates a more welcoming atmosphere*

*Research performed by PPL PRS in relation to TheMusicLicence, February – March 2020. Figures based on a group of 73 participants belonging to the hair and beauty industry

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Music could boost morale

Not only this, but music could boost staff morale, improve concentration and productivity whilst helping to make employees feel more engaged, driving collaboration with colleagues and their interaction with customers or clients.

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Get TheMusicLicence and put the essential energy of music at the heart of your business.

Call us on 0800 086 8820 (8am-6pm, Monday-Friday)

Alternatively you can complete the online form and an adviser will call you back soon.

Common questions about TheMusicLicence

  • 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.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that you are properly licensed for any music use taking place at your business or organisation. Playing or performing music without the appropriate licence could amount to copyright infringement. If we have reason to believe that you are using copyright music without an appropriate licence, then we may collect evidence.
  • When taking out a licence with PPL PRS Ltd, your rights and obligations are set out in the TheMusicLicence Terms and Conditions, including your obligation to pay a royalty and to provide us with information required under the applicable tariff to assist us in calculating that royalty.
  • If any payments under the licence become overdue, we will contact you by post, email or telephone. If appropriate, we may refer the account to our enforcement team or a debt collection agency. In some cases we may even terminate your licence, which may then lead to legal action for copyright infringement.
  • Under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, permission is needed from the relevant copyright holders – those who create, record and publish music – in order to play or perform music in public.
  • Broadly speaking, this includes any presentation of music outside of a domestic setting. For example, it will include using music in the following ways as part of your business or organisation (for the benefit of customers and/or employees): playing recorded music via any device, including the radio; showing TV broadcasts, or other audio-visual content, containing music; or putting on live performances of music.
  • All these uses of music will usually require permission from the copyright holders and TheMusicLicence will give you that permission, covering the vast majority of commercially-released music.
  • 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 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 public performance. TheMusicLicence allows you to legally play music for employees or customers in your business or organisation.
  • If you are playing music in your business or organisation for employees, then you’ll usually need TheMusicLicence. Music that is 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.
  • It is easy to forget that music is used all the time within TV programmes, advertisements during commercial breaks and other broadcasts. TheMusicLicence gives you permission to use the music contained in television programmes in a public place.
  • A TV licence only allows you to receive the broadcast signal for the television. If you wish to use the TV in a public place, such as your business premises you will need TheMusicLicence.

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So now that it is time to get back to business, it’s time to restore your rhythm, it’s time to get your business back to its best. It’s time to hit play!


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