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Performing Right Online Licence (PROL) 

The Performing Right Online Licence (PROL) covers the act of communicating music to the public when you want to use music online and have already cleared the mechanical rights (i.e. the right to copy/reproduce the track) separately.

Learn more about online mechanical rights.

How much does PROL cost?

PROL is charged in blocks that cost £62+VAT each. Each block grants you a certain amount of streams/downloads for your service during each 12 month term. The greater the usage, the more blocks you will need.

The tables below show the usage limits per block. Please note, the minimum charge is £62 +VAT and fees will not be pro-rated for services that operate for less than a year.

Please contact the licensing team before submitting your application if you require more than four blocks.

What music services does PROL cover?


For audio only services or audio-visual services where music is the primary focus of the content:

Media Allowed uses per £62 +VAT (or part thereof) per annum
On demand (streamed) <45,000 streams
Background to a website
(similar to webcasting) (streamed)
<120,000 streams
Permanent download <5,000 downloads
Ringtone (download) <1,000 downloads

General Entertainment

For audio-visual services (e.g. film and TV content) where music is not the primary focus of the content:

Media Allowed uses per £62 +VAT (or part thereof) per annum
On demand (streamed) <3,200 music hours
Permanent download <350 music hours

Music hours are calculated by multiplying the viewer hours, the amount of time in total that users spend watching the content, by the percentage of music in the content.

For example, a streamed video featuring three minutes of music streamed 20,000 times equates to 60,000 music minutes or 1,000 music hours. This is within the limit allowed under the £62 minimum.

How do I apply for a PROL?

Download and complete an application form

Send the completed form to:

PRS for Music licensing team
Elwes House
19 Church Walk
Cambridgeshire PE1 2UZ

Please note, the party responsible for the hosting the content must obtain the licence. However, a third party may make the application on their behalf.

Contact us

Get in touch with our licensing team on +44 (0)20 3741 4500, 9.30am-5pm, Monday to Friday. Alternatively you can email prsonline@prsformusic.com.

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