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PRS for Music, the organisation which licences the public use of music, has announced it will make no charge for music licences for certain small non-profit-making community events, including street parties, to encourage celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this June.

The policy, which is in effect from the 2nd to the 5th of June inclusively, hopes to help communities all across the UK enjoy the benefits of music to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s reign.

Keith Gilbert Director of Public Performance Sales, PRS for Music said: "We want to help the nation enjoy this historic royal occasion and not have to worry about paying for our licence for small public celebrations during this period. Music is the perfect accompaniment for any street party, creating a positive and happy atmosphere, helping celebrate her majesty’s sixty years on the throne.  During her reign UK music has taken the world by storm and any one of the many decades can provide the perfect music for a party.”

PRS for Music represents 85,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers, collecting and paying royalties when their music is played, performed or reproduced.   Many of its members earn a vital living for their creative talent through public plays of their music both in the UK and internationally.

PRS for Music is contacting all local authorities to inform them of the temporary policy and more details can be found at: www.prsformusic.com/diamondjubilee


Notes to editors:

PRS for Music, at its discretion, chooses not to charge a licence fee for certain small community events celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee where all the following criteria are met.

The event:

  • is in celebration of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee 2012
  • takes place between 2nd June and 5th June 2012 inclusive
  • is organised and run by unpaid volunteers
  • is provided for the local community
  • has a total expected attendance / capacity of 300 or fewer
  • does not generate a profit
  • is held in a premises or place that does not otherwise require, or currently hold, a PRS for Music licence

If you are unsure if your event qualifies for this discretionary policy, please contact us on our free phone number 0800 0684828 to find out.  Please note that the event may still require a licence from Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL), the organisation which represents the owners of sound recordings and those that performed on those recordings. Further details about PPL are available on their website: www.ppluk.com.

Events that do not qualify for this policy, but are provided for charity or the community may be able to apply for a discount to their licence fee. Details of how to do this, and what types of events can apply are available here.

For more information, get in touch:

Barney Hooper, Head of PR:
020 7306 4548 / 07979 757052

PRS for Music
PRS for Music represents the rights of 85,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK.  As a not-for-profit 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 over 10m songs through its music licences.  In an industry worth £3.8bn PRS for Music is uniquely placed to be a voice for music and music creators.   Collecting £611m in 2010 PRS for Music is one of the world’s most efficient combined rights organisations.   With 150 representation agreements in place globally, PRS for Music’s network represents over 2 million music creators. 



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