Hotel, B&B and Guesthouse Music Licence

Music in hotels, B&Bs and Guesthouse's can be an essential part of the entertainment experience.

Whether you’re playing music in main reception areas, dining rooms, kitchens for your staff, or music and televisions in hotel guest bedrooms you’ll usually need a music licence.

By obtaining TheMusicLicence you’ll be able to play PRS for Music and PPL music legally and enjoy its benefits whilst ensuring that its creators are fairly rewarded for their work.


Create harmony in your hotel

Music can be an important part of day-to-day life for many people and playing music for your customers and guests could help to lift that experience up from good to great.

Music could help create the ambience that you want in your business so you can set the tone, boost the mood and create a positive atmosphere. The right soundtrack could reflect both your customers and your staff. By learning which style of music heightens that ‘feelgood’ factor at different times, you could create a space which is as much known for its atmosphere as it is for its excellent service.

Whether it’s Jazz, Hip-hop, Pop, Rock or Blues, music has the power to uplift,
overcome and connect with people in ways no other creative art can.

But, using music in your hospitality business is about more than just creating an enjoyable atmosphere. When used effectively, music has the potential to create a more enjoyable atmosphere, bring people together and help your business stand out from your competitors.

Introduce music and help to turn a club into a karaoke, a bar into a dancefloor or a cocktail into a concert

Music & customer experience

Music can be an important part of day-to-day life for many people, particularly during their leisure time, which is why something could seem lacking without it in a hospitality environment. Playing music in your business could not only provide a more entertaining environment for your customers but could also:

Help to set the tone, boost the mood and create a more upbeat atmosphere. It has the potential to create a more familiar environment which could allow customers to feel more at ease and relaxed.

Provide an opportunity for your customers to feel more engaged, making their experience with your business more memorable. It could also help to ensure your organisation retains a modern and vibrant feel.

Help to create a more positive atmosphere and improve customer satisfaction. Not only this but it could help boost loyalty and retention

Music & increased revenue

While playing music could help to improve your customers shopping experience, it could also have an effect on their spending habits. Playing music could help to:

Enhance the atmosphere and encourage your customers to shop for longer which could mean they potentially spend more as a result.

Set the spending mood by reflecting a certain season or occasion. Perhaps you want to promote cocktails during the summer or muled wine close to Christmas, the right music could influence consumer behaviour and boost spend as a result.

Make customers feel more focused and involved. This could therefore mean they stay for longer because their experience has been more enjoyable and satisfactory.

Music & brand awareness

Like your business, music is unique. A tailored soundtrack could help to give your business an identity, define your brand and create uniformity across your organisation.

Playing music could help you stand out and distinghish you from your competitors. It could be considered just as important as your company name or décor.

Relatable music could complement your brand. Whether your business is upbeat and lively, serene and romantic or relaxed and laid back, the music you choose can help you create exactly the right atmosphere and can be important to your individuality.

The right soundtrack could reflect both your customers and your staff. By learning which style of music heightens that ‘feelgood factor at different times, and you could create a space which is as much known for its atmosphere as it is for its excellent service

Hotel Music Licence

Music & employee engagement

It’s not just your customers who could benefit from the music that’s played as it could have a considerable benefit to your staff too.

Music could help to improve concentration and
productivity by potentially creating a more positive and uplifting environment. It could make staff feel more engaged and potentially more valued, particularly if they have a choice in the music selection.

Listening to music at work could relax and focus the mind, potentially preventing that ‘stressed out’ and overwhelmed feeling. Music could also help to improve the efficiency and quality of work, improve satisfaction and overall engagement of your employees.

Music could help to create a friendly and more welcoming atmosphere which could help to drive collaboration with colleagues and interaction with customers, potentially leading to improved levels of service and a better customer experience overall.

Live music & entertainment

TheMusicLicence cover the use of recorded music in your business as well as live music and other events. Introducing live entertainment into your business could make a significant difference to your business and could help your organisation fulfil its potential.

Since TheMusicLicence covers a vast range of music usage including live music performances, festivals, classical concerts, dance performances, theatrical performances, open mic nights, karaoke, comedy shows and film screenings; you can appeal to a wide range of audiences and the entertainment you choose could be tailored to what your specific community will enjoy.

Not only could live entertainment help to create an engaging and entertaining environment for your customers, but it could also help to distinguish your business from others, help you stay ahead of the competition, and may be why your customers choose your business over others.

Hosting live events could help to attracting fans of the music, genre or style of music that is used; particularly if you showcase artists and local talent through live performances. PPL PRS generally only charge a percentage for events meaning live entertainment could potentially be an economical way of generate new custom.

Live music has the power to bring people together, be it in a small club, pub or a huge muddy field. Hosting live music and events could help to create a community and mean customers return time and time again.

TheMusicLicence covers a vast range of music usage meaning there is the opportunity to appeal to a wide range of audiences.

Hosting events give artists the opportunity to perform live and could act as an important platform for upcoming talent to showcase their work. While this could strengthen the music scene in your community, it also has the potentially to increase the reputation and popularity of your business.

How is the cost calculated?

The cost of TheMusicLicence depends on a number of factors, including your type of venue and how you use music in your day-to-day operations, whether that be for background purposes or other usages such as music on hold.

Background music in your premise

Starts from...
per day

Background music in your premise

Starts from...
£1.11 per day

Specially featured entertainment

Starts from...
per attendee

Quote Checklist

Before contacting us, please ensure you’ve read our 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 workplace music licence.

Music in guest bedrooms

  • Music in guest bedrooms

Background music – all premises

  • The Areas where music is audible, such as receptions, bars, dining rooms etc

Background music – 16+ bedrooms

  • The square meterage of each area where music is audible
  • Number of seats in bar and restaurant areas where music is playing
  • Types of devices used to play music, such as radio, CDs, TV etc

Get a quote

If you’ve got all your information ready, please contact us or complete our Get TheMusicLicence form to arrange a quote.

Call us on 0116 290 0525

(8am-6pm, Monday-Friday)

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Thinking about playing music in your hotel, B&B or guesthouse and want to know more?

What is TheMusicLicence?

What is TheMusicLicence

TheMusicLicenceallows you to legally play music for employees or customers in your business through the radio, TV, other digital devices and live performances.
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Do I need a music licence?

Do I need a music licence?

If you use, play or perform music in your business or organisation, the chances are you need a music licence.
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Where does my money go?

Where does my money go?

After our business costs, music licence fees are distributed to all those involved in making music via our parent companies PPL and PRS for Music.
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How do I get TheMusicLicence?

Call us on 0116 290 0525

(8am-6pm, Monday-Friday)

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