Tariff Consultations

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.

Implementation of the new PRS for Music Universities, Colleges & Other Higher Education Institutions Tariff “UCH”

July 2019

Notice to customers regarding the implementation of the new PRS for Music Universities, Colleges & Other Higher Education Institutions Tariff “UCH” for music within universities and higher education establishments.

This includes the performance of music at formal dances and annual Balls, organised by or specifically for, the entertainment of students attending those establishments.

In November 2016, concluded a consultation to introduce a new charging structure covering the use of PRS for Music repertoire in universities, colleges and other higher educational institutes. PRS published the consultation response summary in June 2016.

Following the consultation, PRS developed a new tariff “UCH” (formally known as Tariff “UC”). The new tariff will come into force for licence years commencing on or after 1st September 2019.

Tariff UCH has been devised with a view to simplifying the administration of your licence. Most customers will not, as a result of the introduction of the new tariff, experience any increase (other than an increase resulting from our standard indexation provision) in the royalty payable by them for the licence year in which the tariff revision takes effect.

Under the terms of your licence contract, TheMusicLicence, with PPL PRS Ltd, PRS for Music need to let you know in advance of any change to a tariff that may affect the royalty payable by you. You will receive a formal notice of the effective date of change via email.

A full version of the new UCH tariff available here. You should be able to use this to work out the new royalty rate you’ll pay for the use of music.

Please contact PRS for Music on uc.consultation@prsformusic.com if you have any questions regarding these changes.

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.

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.