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Independent production companies - TV 

The Independent Production Company (IPC) Licence is for IPCs primarily making for Channel 4, Channel 5 and S4C.

With the IPC Licence, independent TV production companies don’t need to seek individual clearance for the songs they wish to use in their TV productions.

What is covered?

Sign-up and you get the rights to use up to 10 million different songs and pieces of music. It also allows you to provide programmes for +/- 30 day VOD (video on demand).

Both commercial music and production music can be licensed under the IPC blanket.

MCPS Production Music covered in programmes made for online.


Choose from per 30 second, per TV programme, or per series payment options. Annual, worldwide and all media rights payment options are also available for production music.

Commercial music – Licence fees

The licence fees for commercial music where the delivery date is on or before the 31 March 2017.

Commissioning channel Number of initial broadcasts Use rate (per 30 seconds)

Each additional broadcast - charge as a percentage of 'use rate'
Channel 4/BBC2 2 £125 50%
Channel 5 2 £95 50%
E4/More 4/BBC4/
Up to 2 broadcasts on each of 8 different play weeks £92 100%
5*/5USA/Spike/My5 Up to 2 broadcasts on each of 8 different play weeks £77 100%
Other satellite/digital terrestrial channels Up to 2 broadcasts on each of 8 different play weeks £75 100%

Production music - Licence fees

Per series and annual blankets

If you are producing a production series or a number of productions please discuss your requirements with your account manager or call the IPC team on +44 (0)20 3741 4101 to go through how these rates and discounts can benefit your productions.

Licence category Worldwide (all media) Worldwide excl. UK (all media) UK (all media)
Single cue £70 £35 £35
Single track £150 £75 £75
Single production £550 £275 £275
Single series (up to 8 productions) £2,000 £1,000 £1,000
Annual deal - single IPC From £5,000 From £2,500 From £2,500
Annual deal - group IPC By negotiation:
Call +44 (0)20 3741 4101

Production music rate card notes

  • Aggregation is permitted of individual cues of a single track within a single production.
  • Single track: Unlimited use of a single work within a single TV production.
  • Single production: Unlimited use of works within a single TV production.
  • Single series: Unlimited use of works within a TV series (up to 8 productions).
  • Annual deals: Unlimited use of works within TV series’ and productions.
  • MCPS Production Music covered in programmes made for online.
  • All prices exclude VAT.

How do you apply?

Complete and send an application form to tvprogrammes@prsformusic.com and we will contact you to confirm the cost of the licence.

Once signed up you must keep a record (in the form of cuesheets) of the music you use and submit this information to us once you have delivered your production to the broadcaster. 

The IPC excluded works list

Certain songs aren’t covered by the IPC licence and need to be cleared directly with the publishers.

Currently, the IPC excluded works list contains songs that are written or co-written by AC/DC, Prince, The Beatles (including some solo works by Paul McCartney & George Harrison), Arthur Brown, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Metallica, Procol Harum, The Band, The Travelling Wilburys, Queen, Nirvana, Arctic Monkeys and The Last Shadow Puppets. The list also includes works by other artists which use samples of excluded works.

Further information

For more information please contact the IPC team on +44 (0)20 3741 4101


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