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The AP1 Agreement is aimed at established record companies who make CDs/LPs to sell to the public. They must have had an exemplary trading history with MCPS and be able to demonstrate creditworthiness and administrative capability.

AP1 - money for your music used on CDs/LPs for sale to the public.

How often should you expect to be paid?

Quarterly, 52 days after the quarter end.

Do we pay you for each track used?


What do we charge a customer for the use of your music?

8.5% (excl. VAT) of Published Dealer Price

If this is unavailable - 6.5% (excl. VAT) of the retail price

The charge is reduced proportionately if any of the music on the CD/LP is in the public domain or is non-MCPS repertoire.

What commission rate do you pay us on the royalties collected?


Do record companies pay for every CD/LP they produce?

The label pays for the ones they ship out (minus returns), accounted to us quarterly.

Special considerations

If you flagged 'first licence refusal' when you registered your music, we will ask you first before we approve the use of your music.

What does the scheme allow?

The sale of audio-only products to the public for their own private use.

Certain types of enhanced CDs are included in this scheme where tracks featured in the audio-visual content also feature in the audio-only part.

What does the scheme exclude?

The onward rental of the audio-only product (public libraries have special arrangements). Record clubs (dealt with under the AP6 scheme). Complete recordings of dramatico musical works (we will direct requests to you). Deletions and exports are subject to special provisions.


If your music is sampled or your music is re-arranged or re-worked, we will inform you via email so that you can take the appropriate action. Check our Procedure for Copyright Works Containing Samples.

Is there a promotional allowance?

Promotional records clearly marked on the disc and packaging are royalty-free, the maximum per release is 1500 albums or 3000 singles in total across the formats.

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