Restaurants & Cafès

Whether you are playing background music for your customers in dining areas, having live performances in the restaurant, or the radio in the kitchen areas 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 for customers to really savour the moment. Turn your restaurant into a rendezvous, and complement your café with millions of songs to choose from. Music could amplify the ambience of the most seasoned establishments, so add some flavour to your atmosphere today and get TheMusicLicence for your restaurant or cafè.

With TheMusicLicence you can have relevant playlists to reflect different times of the day, or clientele. In dining areas music provides a relaxing atmosphere plus additional privacy, so the tables nearby cannot hear other diners’ conversations.

people in restaurant

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 or café with up to 30 seats, and an audible area below 400 sqm, playing music via the radio, could play music from only 78p 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.

Quote checklist

The cost of TheMusicLicence varies depending on the specific characteristics of 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

How do I get TheMusicLicence?

Call us on 0800 086 8820

(8am-6pm, Monday-Friday)

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