Common questions

Do I need both PRS and PPL Licences?

Do I need both PRS and PPL Licences?

The way you get a licence to play live or recorded music has changed. You now need a single licence from PPL PRS, instead of separate licences from PRS for Music and PPL.

What is the difference between PRS MCPS and PPL?

The biggest difference is that PPL collects royalties when your recorded music is used, for example when broadcast on radio and TV. The music and lyrics count as one copyright (publishing), which PRS and MCPS focus on. The other copyright is in the sound recording of your music (master).

What does PRS and PPL stand for?

PRS for Music and PPL (Phonographic Performance Limited) are separate organisations who license different sets of rights in the use of music.

Who do PRS and PPL represent?

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).

How can I avoid paying PPL and PRS?

How Can You Avoid Paying These Fees?

  1. Play the radio. If your store area is smaller than 2,000 square feet, you can play the radio or television as a source of music and avoid all fees.
  2. Play classical music.
  3. Play copyright-free music.
  4. Play original music.
  5. Sell recorded music.
  6. Cut out a performing rights society.

Who needs a PPL Licence?

If you use, play or perform music in your business or organisation, the chances are you need a music licence. Under The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, permission is needed from the relevant copyright holders – those people who create music – in order to play or perform music in public.

Do I have to pay PPL PRS?

MCPRS (Previously PRS) and PPL are royalty collection agencies in the UK for collecting the royalties for the use of the composition and performance of a piece of music in public places (amongst other uses) respectively. So, if you have played this music, you are liable to pay for the use.

Do I need PPL license?

How much is a PPL Licence UK?

How much does a PPL cost in the UK? A PPL Licence costs £13,000 (inc VAT). This cost includes 45hrs of flying time in a single-engine aircraft and 5hrs of Night Rating.

What is the difference between PPL and PRS for music?

PPL collects and distributes money on behalf of performers and record companies for the use of their recorded music. PRS for Music collects and distributes money on behalf of songwriters, composers and music publishers, for the use of their musical compositions and lyrics. Learn more about PPL membership and royalty collection

How to avoid paying PRS and PPL fees?

Unlike the TV licence you can find an alternative. So you can easily and legally avoid paying PRS PPL fees when playing music in your practice. Just make sure the music you are playing is NON PRS PPL music.

What does PPL stand for in music licensing?

PPL licenses the use of recorded music where played in public, broadcast on radio or TV, or used on the internet, on behalf of record companies and performers.

Do you have to pay PRS if you play non copyrighted music?

However the important to remember is that if you play only non-copyrighted music composed and performed by NON PRS PPL members then you do not have to pay any fees to PRS or PPL. It seems a lot of people are unaware of this and the huge savings you can make in your practice by simply switching to playing NON PRS PPL music.