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Commercial radio licence

Who this licence is for?

  • Commercial radio stations broadcasting on AM/FM
  • DAB radio stations
  • Satellite and cable radio stations

Licence fees for commercial radio stations

Licence fees (1 October 2013 – 30 September 2014)


Fees are calculated using the station’s Net Broadcasting Revenue (NBR) and include both an annual royalty fee and a fee based upon the royalty rate. Please email radiolicensing@prsformusic.com or call 020 7306 4151 for more information on the calculation and our commercial radio distribution policy.


Annual Net broadcast revenue

Royalty Fee

Up to £103,100


Between £103,100 and £257,750


Between £257,750 and £667,697


Between £667,697 and £1,335,396


Between £1,3355,396 and £3,093,000


Greater than £3,093,000



Annual Net broadcast revenue

Royalty Rate



Between £28,731 and £667,696


Between £667,696 and £1,335,397


Greater than £1,335,397



Speech and low music usage stations


A royalty rate of one percent applies for stations which are licensed by OFCOM as “speech” stations and for which the total PRS-controlled music use is less than 30 percent of total broadcast time. This royalty rate also applies to any station for which the total PRS-controlled music use is less than 15 percent of total broadcast time.


Please note, the annual royalty fee as detailed above is payable in addition to the royalty rate.


Minimum annual fee


A minimum annual fee of £918.63 per licensed station is payable regardless of NBR.


The NBR bands, royalty fees and minima are adjusted yearly, from 1 October, by reference to inflation. All fees quoted are subject to VAT.

Key rights include:

  • The broadcast and simulcast of PRS for Music repertoire on radio services transmitted from the UK
  • The making available on-demand of previously-broadcast content for up to 30 days after original broadcast.
  • The copying of MCPS commercial music repertoire into programme material and trailers
  • The copying of MCPS production music repertoire into programme and non-programme content such as trailers and station idents
  • The copying of all MCPS repertoire onto databases and servers for the purpose of providing the broadcast service

Please note the above is a summary of the key terms of the licence and further conditions and exclusions may apply.

Please see the full terms and conditions for more information.


How to apply

Please see our online application pack

Contact us

Please email radiolicensing@prsformusic.com or call 020 7306 4151.

Contact radio licensing

Radio Licensing
Broadcast & Online Licensing
PRS for Music
Copyright House
29-33 Berners Street London

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PLEASE NOTE: On 1 July 2013 the legal entity behind the PRS for Music brand changed its registered name from The MCPS-PRS Alliance Limited to PRS for Music Limited.