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AP2 - CD/vinyl for retail sale 

Anybody can apply to the AP2 Agreement (e.g. New record companies and others) if they make audio-only products to sell to the public. Approval to use your music will only be given once we receive payment.

AP2 - money for your music used on CDs/LPs for sale to the public.

How often should you expect to be paid?

Monthly (in month following cleared funds)

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 the 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 is deducted on the royalties collected?


Do record companies and others pay for every audio-only product they produce?

Yes, for every product manufactured. Royalties are payable in advance.

Special considerations

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

What does the scheme allow?

The manufacture of audio-only products to be sold 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).


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 and supplied to trade are not charged for. There is a promotional allowance of: On a first pressing, where manufacturing 500 or more copies, a 25% allowance exists up to a limit of 250 for albums or 400 for singles.

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