Ever wondered how we know what music is being used across the UK, on TV, on radio, in pubs, shops, hotels and restaurants?
The first point to note is that we don’t know the details of every play of every work on every stereo in every premises and every broadcaster we licence. Whilst we aim to make our royalty payments as accurate as possible, to collect and process information for each individual play of every work across the UK would, in some cases, cost more than we can actually collect in royalty revenues for those plays.
So how do we know what music is being played?
Although we use a 'pay-per-play' or census method wherever it is feasible, such as when music is broadcast on national radio and terrestrial TV, we also employ other methods to calculate royalties when this is not practical or cost-effective. All are based on the principles of offering the best balance of fairness, accuracy, cost effectiveness and transparency for our members.