Understanding my Invoice

If you have received an invoice from PPL PRS for TheMusicLicence, it is important to make sure that your payment reaches us before the invoice due date.

The invoice due date is 28 days from the date that your invoice was issued. Your specific invoice due date will be stated on your invoice. It's important to pay your invoice in full by the due date, otherwise a surcharge may be applied to your account.

Pay your invoice

Pay your invoice online

If you've already been sent an invoice for TheMusicLicence, you can pay quickly and securely online with a credit or debit card via sage pay.
Please click on Pay Online to pay your invoice.


Other ways to pay your invoice

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    Direct Debit

    Spread the rest of the cost of your licence with a Direct Debit.

    Please call us on the telephone number provided on your invoice to setup a Direct Debit.

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    For BACS or Faster Payment, please use our account details:

    • Barclays Bank Plc

    Please allow the following time for payments to clear:

    • BACS: 5 working days 
    • Faster Payment: 1 working day

    Important: please quote your Payment Reference as specified on your remittance advice. Without this information we are unable to process your payment.

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    By phone

    Please remember you can pay online instantly rather than calling us to pay your invoice.
    However if you wish to pay your invoice over the phone using a credit/debit card, please call us on the telephone number provided on your invoice.

Invoice and payment FAQs

Why might a surcharge apply to certain tariffs?
  • A number of PPL’s tariffs are subject to a 50% surcharge to discourage unlicensed music use and late payment of royalties and to compensate for the associated costs. If a surcharge has been applied then you will have been issued with a separate invoice.
I have been sent a surcharge invoice but did not receive an original invoice
  • If you have selected to receive communications via email then you should have received an original invoice for TheMusicLicence via email. Please make sure you check your junk/spam folders. If you still have not received the invoice please contact us on the telephone number provided on your invoice.
What if I have already paid my invoice, but I have still received a surcharge invoice?
  • It is possible that you may have already paid your invoice and you have received a surcharge invoice. If you wish to query your invoice please contact us on the telephone number provided on your invoice.

Where does my money go?

We exist to protect the value of music, so that music creators can continue making the music that we all love and enjoy.

After our business costs, music licence fees are distributed to all those involved in making music via our parent companies PPL and PRS for Music. This means that those people who write, perform, compose, record or publish music are fairly paid for their work.

Music Can Bring Business To Life

Music can be as much a part of a business' identity as its name or décor and can play an important role for both customer and staff engagement.

Copyright Law

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


To get permission to play and perform music in public, businesses and organisations across the UK purchase TheMusicLicence from PPL PRS Ltd and provide information about their music use. The cost of TheMusicLicence depends on a number of factors including your venue type and how you use music in your day-to-day operations.


PPL PRS Ltd is a new company, equally owned by PPL and PRS for Music. It provides customers with a streamlined music licensing service to make it easier to legally play music.

  • PPL represents record companies and performers.
  • PRS for Music represents songwriters, composers and music publishers.
Millions of Songs and Recordings

TheMusicLicence covers virtually all commercially released music available – millions of songs and recordings, including the most popular and well-loved music not just from the UK but also from around the world.

Royalties to Members

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.

Music Creators

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.