Six Nations Rugby

Alexandra Carr

The Guinness Six Nations Rugby Championship is set to go ahead in February, and as a venue owner or manager you may be considering how you can encourage customers back into your pub or bar after long closures, to enjoy the excitement of the match with other fans.

Score a try with your customers during the Six Nations Rugby

Adorning the walls with the flags of the nations taking part, and offering deals on pints of the black stuff and food during the game is one way to entice the sports fans back, however have you checked that your business is correctly licensed to be showing the games – including the music used as part of the TV broadcasts?

We have put together a quick guide to keep you out of the licensing sin-bin this Six Nations Rugby.

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Know your licences

Obviously, a TV licence will be required to show the games to your customers. However, sports programming uses more music than people often realise, such as in the opening and closing titles, highlights and featured sequences, as well as the advertisements during commercial breaks.  You’ll therefore usually need TheMusicLicence from PPL PRS Ltd if you’re using the television for showing sports and other programming in public.

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Why do I need a TV licence and a music licence?

A TV licence allows you to receive the broadcast signal to the television within your business. However, it does not give you permission to play or perform the music within the broadcast. 

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

TheMusicLicence gives you that permission, for virtually all commercially released music available.

So, as you prepare to welcome sports fans back for the Six Nations Rugby, make sure you are correctly licensed to entertain and refresh your customers, from the very first try through to the final whistle!


Alexandra Carr

Alexandra Carr



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