25 February 2011
Free music for wedding street parties
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 community events, including street parties, to encourage celebrations for the Royal Wedding taking place on April 29th.
The policy which will come into effect between 22nd April 2011 and 6th May hopes to help communities all across the UK enjoy the benefits of music to celebrate the forthcoming nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Keith Gilbert, Director of Public Performance Sales, PRS for Music said: "We want to help the nation enjoy this special event and not have to worry about paying for a licence for small public celebrations during this one off period. Music is a key ingredient to creating a positive and happy atmosphere and the Royal Wedding, and national holiday, seems as good a reason as any for a great party and music helps make a great party even better."
PRS for Music represents 75,000 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 has contacted all local authorities to inform them of the temporary policy.
Notes to editors
PRS for Music, at its discretion, chooses not to charge a licence fee for certain small community events celebrating the Royal Wedding where all the following criteria are met. The event:
• is in celebration of the Royal Wedding 2011
• takes place between 22 April 2011 and 6 May 2011, 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 a 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.
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.