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Small workplaces FAQs 

 

1. Am I eligible for the small workplaces joint music licence?


The joint music licence will be available to customers with a premises that is a factory, office or garage with four or fewer employees and where music is not audible (via TV, radio, CD or otherwise) to customers, visitors or guests.

Premises where the music is audible to customers, visitors, guests, or where there is activity such as live music, are not eligible for the joint licence.

Customers that are not eligible for the joint music licence may require separate PRS for Music and PPL licences. 

2. What is the difference between PRS for Music and PPL?

Copyright law exists to protect music in different ways. Businesses and organisations that play music in public will often require a licence from both PRS for Music and PPL. PRS for Music collects and distributes fees for the use of musical compositions (including lyrics) on behalf of songwriters, composers and music publishers. PPL collects and distributes fees for the use of recorded music on behalf of record companies and performers.

3. Why do I need to be licensed?

The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 states that playing music in public requires the permission of the copyright owner. Playing music in public (also referred to as public performance) has a wide legal meaning covering the playing of music outside domestic life. It therefore includes the use of recorded music in small workplaces. This music can be played through any means, e.g. CD, MP3, radio or TV.

A PRS for Music licence and a PPL licence provide you with the permission you need to play the music we license, covering the vast majority of music used in the UK.

To help simplify music licensing, we will offer a joint music licence administered by PRS for Music, on behalf of itself and PPL, allowing you (subject to eligibility) to obtain the permission to play recorded music in your business in one licence.

N.B. Our licences may not be needed if the music you use is out of copyright or in the unlikely event it is not controlled by PRS for Music and/or PPL. A PPL licence will not be required if you only feature live bands. However, a PRS for Music licence will still be required, e.g. if you have a live band in your canteen for social events.

4. What will happen and when?

If you are currently only licensed by either PRS for Music or PPL, your joint music licence will start from the renewal date of that licence.

If you are licensed by both PRS for Music and PPL, PRS for Music will contact you when your existing PRS for Music or PPL licence is due for renewal, (whichever is earliest) to confirm if you are eligible for the joint music licence. If your business is eligible for the new joint music licence, we will wait until the later of the two renewal dates and issue a joint music licence from the later date for the forthcoming year. This will include any outstanding payment from the licence that was due for renewal first. 

For example, if your PRS for Music licence is due for renewal in January 2014 and your PPL licence is due for renewal in March 2014, we will contact you in January to check if your business is eligible for the new joint music licence and if so, we will issue your new joint music licence in March. Your invoice will include an additional one-off fee to cover the two month period between the expiry date of your PRS for Music licence and the start of your joint licence.

5. How will the joint music licence be administered?

The joint music licence will be administered by PRS for Music, acting on behalf of itself and PPL. As part of the joint music licensing arrangements PRS for Music will pass your contact details to PPL, but PRS for Music will be your point of contact for any queries or changes regarding your licence. Similarly, you will only need to make a single payment of fees to PRS for Music to cover the joint music licence.

6. Where can I find further information?

You can find more information on our websites:

PRS for Music
prsformusic.com/smallworkplaces

PPL
ppluk.com/smallworkplaces

7. Why are you offering this joint licence?

We have chosen to provide a joint music licence to factories, offices or garages with four or fewer employees as a step in our work towards simplifying music licensing for businesses. The move builds upon our successful joint music licence for community buildings and comes in response to feedback from businesses, their representatives and government.

8. What will the charges be?

PPL has introduced a new rate for small workplaces to match the PRS for Music rate. As from 1st March 2016 this means the charge for the small workplaces joint music licence is £91+VAT.

9. How was the rate for the joint music licence set?

In 2009, PRS for Music reduced their rates for factories, offices and garages with four or fewer employees, in response to feedback from small businesses..
Since then PPL has also chosen to reduce their rate to complement the PRS for Music rate, allowing us to offer this fair and simple joint licence.

10. What if I do not have a PRS for Music licence prior to taking the new joint music licence?

PRS for Music’s current policy is that it does not charge small workplaces for music use prior to purchasing a PRS for Music licence. Full details of this policy are available on our website; prsformusic.com/swppolicy

11. What if I do not have a PPL licence prior to taking the new joint music licence?

PPL’s current policy is that it does charge customers for recorded music use prior to purchasing a PPL licence. PPL charges for this tariff will begin from the tariff launch date, 1 December 2013

 

 
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