Restaurants & Cafès

Whether you are playing background music for your customers in dining areas, having live performances in the restaurant, or using the radio in the kitchen for staff, you’ll usually need TheMusicLicence.

Music in restaurants and cafès can help enhance the atmosphere and create an environment people enjoy.

By obtaining TheMusicLicence you will be able to play music legally and enjoy its benefits, whilst ensuring that its creators are fairly rewarded for their work.

We use the music to change the atmosphere. We, like all good retailers, split our day into parts…and you can actually feel the atmosphere change.

Pablo Ettinger

Caffè Nero

Benefits of TheMusicLicence

Music has the power to create a setting that your customers enjoy. It can help to set the tone, define your brand and has the power to amplify the ambience.

Choosing relevant playlists that reflect different times of the day, or clientele, you could create an experience which is as much known for its environment and is for its great services.

people in restaurant

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*

While playing music could help to improve your customers' experience, it could also have an effect on their spending habits. Using music in your restaurant or cafè could help to:

How is my music licence cost calculated?

A restaurant with up to 30 seats that is 400sqm or less could play music via the radio for £ 302.25, from only 82p a day*.

There are a range of tariffs to cover the different uses of music across various venue types. However, the cost of TheMusicLicence will vary according to your music use. To help you understand how much TheMusicLicence could cost, you can view the individual PPL and PRS for Music tariffs that may be applicable to you.

*Licence cost is based on 365 days for an annual licence cost of £302.25 (excluding VAT)

Quote checklist

The cost of TheMusicLicence varies depending on each restaurant and café, 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 restaurant or café music licence.

1.Background music

  • The areas where music is audible such as restaurant/café dining areas, bars or kitchens
  • The square meterage of each area where music audible
  • The number of seats in restaurant/café dining areas
  • Type of devices used to play music, such as radio, CDs, TV etc.

2. Live events

  • Number of and capacity of live events held per year


Specially featured entertainment events, e.g. DJs or discos


  • Number, capacity, duration and attendance of specially featured events held per year
  • Number of Karaoke sessions

3. Music videos

  • Number of TV screens music videos are played on

3. Telephone music on hold

  • Details of any telephone on hold music

*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


How do I get TheMusicLicence?

Call us on 0800 086 8820

(8am-6pm, Monday-Friday)

Alternatively you can complete the online form and an adviser will be in touch.