What we do

PPL PRS Ltd is a new joint venture between the UK's two music licensing organisations —PPL and PRS for Music.

We’ve joined forces to streamline part of what we do, making it easier for our customers to obtain a music licence.

Our aim is to provide the best music licensing experience in the world by keeping things simple for our customers. We’re here to ensure writers and performers are fairly rewarded for their talent, but also to support those who use music on a daily basis.

Our aim is to provide the best music licensing experience in the world

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Who are PPL and PRS for Music?

Our parent companies have been working in music rights management for decades.

PPL represents performers and record companies. PRS for Music is a society of songwriters, composers and music publishers. Both organisations ensure that the creators and performers of music are paid when their music is used in public.

The two parent companies will continue to carry out everything else they do separately, other than public performance licensing. This includes representing their members, collecting monies owed to them from international societies, independently consulting on and negotiating on their Tariff rates and licensing their broadcast, online and recorded media customers.

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FAQs

Who is PPL PRS Ltd?
  • PPL PRS Ltd is a new company, equally owned by PPL and PRS for Music. It has been created to provide customers with a streamlined music licensing service – TheMusicLicence – with a single point of contact to make it easier to legally play and perform music in public.
  • Previously, businesses and organisations would have had to purchase two separate licences from PPL and PRS for Music instead.
What is TheMusicLicence?
  • TheMusicLicence allows you to legally play and perform music in your business, whether through the radio, TV, other devices and/or live performances.
  • If you play or perform music in your business or organisation in the UK, you will usually need TheMusicLicence. It will cover you, with one licence and one invoice, for the use of virtually all commercially released music available – millions of songs and recordings, including the most popular and well-loved music not just from the UK but also from around the world.
Who are PPL and PRS for Music ?
  • Our parent companies PPL and PRS for Music are both collective management organisations. They issue licences and collect royalties for certain uses of copyright-protected music, on behalf of their many thousands of members. They then distribute those royalties to members.
  • PPL represents record companies and performers for the use of recorded music, while PRS for Music represents songwriters, composers and music publishers for the use of musical compositions and lyrics (for both recorded music and live performances).
  • PPL and PRS for Music have set up PPL PRS Ltd to offer a single joint music licence, on behalf of them both, for playing and performing music in public.
  • PPL and PRS for Music will continue to carry out everything else they do separately. This includes representing their members, collecting royalties from international societies, developing, setting and consulting on their tariffs and licensing schemes, and licensing their broadcast, online and recorded media customers.