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PRS for Music reaches historic agreement with BHA 

23 November 2009

British Hospitality Association and PRS for Music reach agreement over music played in hotel bedrooms

The British Hospitality Association (BHA) and PRS for Music have announced that they have reached an agreement over music played in hotel bedrooms, ending a long running dispute.

The BHA, the national trade association for hotels, restaurants and caterers, has agreed to advise their members to pay licence fees going forward for music played in hotel bedrooms, via TV, radio or any other device.  A settlement has also been reached with respect to licence fees disputed in previous years.

PRS for Music, the organisation representing songwriters, composers and music publishers, had been in discussion with the BHA for many years about whether music played in a hotel bedroom is a public performance requiring a licence from the copyright owners (represented by PRS for Music).

The agreement follows several months of discussions and a European Court of Justice opinion confirming that certain uses of music in hotel bedrooms do require a licence from the copyright holders of that music.

Debbie Mulloy, Commercial Director for PRS for Music’s public performance team, said: ‘We are delighted that we have been able to work with the BHA to reach a settlement.  The provision of TVs and radios in hotel bedrooms is a clear benefit to hotels and their guests, and it’s good news that our members will now receive royalties for the use of their work.’ 

Bob Cotton, Chief Executive of the British Hospitality Association, said: “It is good news that the hospitality industry will now have certainty about licences from PRS for Music for music in hotel bedrooms. This has been a very long standing dispute, but I am pleased it has been settled at last.”

Licences for music in hotel bedrooms start from just £44 plus VAT per year, for 15 bedroomitality Association has been representing the hotel, restaurant and catering industry for 100 years.   The Association exists to ensure that the views of the British hospitality industry are represented in a forceful, coherent and co-ordinated way to government and policy makers in the UK and internationally, in order that its members' businesses can flourish."

About PRS for Music

PRS for Music represents the rights of over 125,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK. As a membership organisation it ensures creators are paid whenever their music is played, performed or reproduced, championing the importance of copyright to protect and support the UK music industry. The UK has a proud tradition of creating wonderful music that is enjoyed the world over and PRS for Music has been supporting the creators of that music since 1914.

PRS for Music provides business and community groups with easy access to nearly 15m songs through its music licences. In an industry worth over £4.1bn, PRS for Music is uniquely placed to be a voice for music and music creators. Collecting £621.5m in 2016, PRS for Music is one of the world’s most efficient combined rights organisations. With over 100 representation agreements in place globally, PRS for Music's network represents over two million music creators.

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