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Overview

You’ll probably need a PRS for Music licence if you play recorded music in public, eg a radio, CD or music channel on your business premises.

A PRS for Music licence also allows you to play live music on your premises (eg in a pub, restaurant or nightclub).

PRS for Music collects and distributes money for the use of the musical composition and lyrics on behalf of authors, songwriters, composers and publishers.

In most cases you’ll also need a PPL (Phonographic Performance Ltd) licence to legally play recorded music in public. PPL collects and distributes money for the use of recorded music on behalf of record companies and performers.

Businesses that might need a licence include:

  • shops
  • offices and factories
  • hairdressers and beauty salons
  • cinemas and theatres
  • hotels and guesthouses
  • restaurants and cafes
  • pubs, bars and nightclubs
  • sports grounds and other sporting facilities (eg bowling alleys)
  • gyms and other health facilities
  • bingo halls and casinos
  • social clubs and members’ clubs
  • churches and halls
  • public transport

You need to be licensed even if customers don’t generally visit your premises (employees count as members of the public for these purposes).

Licence fees are payable, but these vary depending on the type of licence applied for and from which organisation.

How to apply

You can find more information about the type of licence you need on the PRS for Music website.

You can also contact PRS for Music:

PRS for Music musiclicence@prsformusic.com
Telephone: 0800 068 4828
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Fines and penalties

You’re infringing copyright and could be sued for damages if you play recorded, copyrighted music in public without a licence.