Our parent companies, PPL and PRS for Music, continue to set their respective licensing tariffs independently.
Here you will find information about changes to and consultations on their tariffs.
Changes to PPL’s tariff for Specially Featured Entertainment (“SFE”)
4th June 2019
PPL’s Specially Featured Entertainment tariff covers the playing of recorded music at events such as discos and DJ nights.
In the summer of 2018, PPL consulted with licensees at nightclubs, pubs and bars, restaurants and cafes, and hotels on potential changes to its Specially Featured Entertainment (“SFE”) PPLPP001 tariff, which covers the playing of recorded music at events such as discos and DJ nights.
Following this consultation, PPL notified licensees in March 2019 of the launch of a new SFE tariff taking effect from 1 July 2019:
PPLPP301 Specially Featured Entertainment – Nightclubs, Pubs / Bars, Restaurants / Cafes and Hotels
However, PPL has now been informed by the British Beer and Pub Association and UK Hospitality, as trade bodies representing a number of PPL’s SFE licensees, that they intend to refer both the current SFE tariff and the new SFE tariff to the Copyright Tribunal for independent review.
When a reference of an existing tariff is made to the Copyright Tribunal in this way, that tariff must remain in force pending any decision from the Tribunal. Therefore, if the trade bodies proceed with their reference, PPL PRS will continue to invoice licensees under the current SFE tariff (Specially Featured Entertainment PPLPP001) for the time being (and subject to annual indexation in the usual way).
Please note that, if the Copyright Tribunal approves PPL’s new SFE tariff (or otherwise decides that the current tariff needs to be varied), it may backdate the resulting SFE tariff to the start date of the Tribunal reference.
Further details on this matter are available on PPL’s website at: www.ppluk.com/sfetariff
Are there any changes to the licensing of Specially Featured Entertainment at other types of venue?
No, the current SFE tariff (Specially Featured Entertainment PPLPP001) will continue to apply to SFE events at other premises types until further notice.