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PRS for Music and PPLDo you manage a factory, office or garage with four or fewer employees?

If so, then you may have received a letter from PRS for Music and PPL introducing the new joint music licence for factories, offices and garages with four or fewer employees where music is not audible to customers, visitors or guests.

What has happened?

PRS for Music and PPL are committed to simplifying music licensing for customers. As a result of this, both organisations have come together to offer a new joint music licence for small workplaces. This joint music licence builds on the successful introduction of a joint music licence for Community Buildings in 2012. The joint music licence, provides a simple solution to gain the permission you need to play music in your business.

How will this happen?

PRS for Music will act as an agent for PPL, issuing the new joint music licence that grants you the permission you need from both organisations to play recorded music.

Eligible businesses will fall into the following categories and can obtain their joint music licence from the following dates:

  • new customers of both PRS for Music and PPL can obtain their joint music licence by calling 0345 140 0090.
  • existing customers of either PRS for Music or PPL can obtain the joint music licence on the date of their next annual renewal.
  • existing customers of both PRS for Music and PPL will be contacted by PRS for Music when their existing PRS for Music or PPL licence is due for renewal, whichever is earliest, to confirm if they are eligible for the joint licence. If a business is eligible for the new joint music licence, PRS for Music 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 the PRS for Music licence is due for renewal in January 2014 and the PPL licence is due for renewal in March 2014, PRS for Music will contact the customer in January to check if their business is eligible for the new joint music licence and if so, will issue the new joint music licence in March. The invoice will include an additional one-off fee to cover the two month period between the expiry date of the PRS for Music licence and the start of the joint music licence.

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 here.

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 will begin from the tariff launch date - 1 December 2013

What will happen next if I am an existing customer of PRS for Music and/or PPL?

PRS for Music will send you a pack containing the following information:

  • A letter about the joint music licence and how it will affect you
  • Two copies of a form to assess your eligibility for the new joint music licence - one to complete and send back to us and another for your records
  • A specimen copy of the joint music licence contract for your information.

Once you complete your form and send it back to us, if you are eligible your existing licence will be converted to the new joint music licence for small workplaces. If you are not eligible for the joint music licence you will require separate PRS for Music and PPL licences, please call us to discuss.

If you have received a letter and would like confirmation as to whether or not you are eligible for the new joint music licence please contact us.

FAQs can be found on the right of this page but if you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact us on 0345 140 0090.


 
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