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PPL and PRS for Music consultation for community radio stations

Following consultation with the Community Media Association and affected organisations, PPL and PRS for Music have finalised the headline terms to apply to the Joint Licence for Community Radio. The new Joint Licence will take effect from 1 January 2017. Details of the current, separate terms that apply to Ofcom-licensed community radio stations are available from the PPL and PRS for Music websites.

A summary of the consultation responses, including details of the headline terms, is now available to review online.

PPL, on its and PRS for Music’s behalf, will be contacting existing licensees in December 2016 with further details on how to ensure the new Joint Licence for Community Radio is in place for their community radio station by 1 January 2017.

This licence is for Community Radio stations broadcasting on AM/FM that have already obtained a licence from Ofcom.

Licence fees for community radio stations

Licence fees (1 January to 31 December 2016)

Fees are calculating using the station's Net Broadcasting Revenue (NBR) and include both an annual royalty fee of £210 and a fee based upon the royalty rate, as detailed below.

Annual Net Broadcast Revenue Royalty Fee
Up to £24,422 £732
Between £24,422 and £689,180 3%
Between £689,180 and £1,378,362 4%
Greater than £1,378,362 5.25%
Speech based stations 1%

For example, if a station estimates their NBR will be £20,000 in 2016 the total licence fees will be £210 and £732 combined, plus VAT. If NBR is estimated to be £50,000 the £210 would be payable in addition to 3% of the NBR, making the total combined fees £1,710, plus VAT.

The NBR bands and royalty fees are adjusted annually, from 1 January, by reference to RPI. All fees detailed above are subject to VAT.

Key rights include:

  • The broadcast and simulcast of PRS for Music repertoire on radio services transmitted from the UK.
  • 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.
  • The copying of all MCPS repertoire onto databases and servers for the purposes of providing the broadcast service.

Please note the above is a summary of the key terms of the licences and further conditions and exclusions may apply. Please refer to the full Terms and Conditions for more information.

Small Scale DAB

If a community radio station is simulcasting their output as part of the small scale DAB trial the community radio licence will cover this exploitation.

How to apply

Once a station has been granted an Ofcom licence they will need to submit an application form to our radio licensing team.

Contact us

If you have any queries please email radiolicensing@prsformusic.com or call +44 (0)20 3741 4180.

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London N1C 4AG

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