Music licensing made simple

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The UK’s music licensing organisations PPL and PRS for Music have been issuing licences and collecting music royalties for decades.

Previously, most businesses and organisations had to obtain separate music licences from PPL and PRS for Music.

However, they have listened to feedback from you, their customers, who wanted a more straightforward approach to buying a licence to legally play music in public.

This is where we come in. PPL PRS Ltd is the new joint venture between the two companies, set up with the aim to provide the best music licensing experience possible.

The new joint licence, TheMusicLicence, has been launched – providing you with one licence, one invoice and one point of contact, making it simpler for you to get a licence to legally play and perform music in public.

Businesses and organisations will now be covered by TheMusicLicence for the use of the vast majority of commercially released music available – millions of songs and recordings, including the most popular and well-loved music, not just from the UK but from around the world.

PPL and PRS for Music will continue to distribute the fees collected by PPL PRS to their respective members – performers and record companies for PPL and the songwriters, composers and publishers for PRS for Music. This income is important to individuals and companies within UK music industry; it supports the future of new music and helps to enable people to make a living out of writing, playing and performing music.

What do I need to do?

If you currently have a music licence from PPL and/or PRS for Music, there is nothing you need to do.

We’ll be in touch with you when your current PPL and/or PRS for Music licence is due for review and guide you through the new process to obtain TheMusicLicence. If you currently pay by direct debit, there is no change there either; don’t worry, it will be transferred over without you having to do a thing.

Thinking of playing music in your business?

Contact us today and talk to us about your music use and business needs and we can ensure that you are correctly, and legally, covered to play or perform music on your premises with TheMusicLicence.

Where will my money go?

After our business costs, the licence fees you pay for TheMusicLicence go back to the people involved in making music via our parent companies PPL and PRS for Music.

And it isn’t just the globally successful artists who benefit from these royalties either. There are thousands of session musicians, composers, songwriters and emerging artists who are entitled to be paid for their work; so when you are covered by TheMusicLicence you are helping to ensure all musicians and performers can continue to produce the music you love!

How could TheMusicLicence benefit my business?

Still unsure if music could enhance your business?  Head to our website and hear a number of our customers’ views on how playing music is important for their business, large and small, from a coffee shop chain to an independent hair salon. Music is commercial oxygen, so let’s turn it up and put the energy of music at the heart of your business!