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A PRS for Music licence can permit the use of over 10m musical works on your channel without the copyright having to be individually cleared for each use. We then distribute the royalties you pay to music publishers, songwriters and composers in line with our distribution rules.

You need our LTV (Local Television) licence if you have been granted a Local Digital Television Programme Service (L-DTPS) by OFCOM and operate a local TV channel broadcasting our members’ music in the UK.

LTV licence fees depend on:

  • the size of the DPSA (Digital Preferred Service Area) of your channel
  • whether you make adverts featuring our members music.

Our repertoire includes the vast majority of specially commissioned music, library music, classical and chart music from the UK and our worldwide affiliated societies. You will need a licence from us if your broadcast material (including programmes, adverts or trailers) contains our members’ music, regardless of whether you buy in your programmes or make the content yourself.

(Digital Preferred Service Area)
Licence fee
(per annum)
Advertising ‘Top-Up’ fee*
(per annum)
Reach 1,500,000 or less £15,345 £3,069
Reach 1,000,000 or less £12,276 £2,558
Reach 750,000 or less £9,207 £2,046
Reach 500,000 or less £6,138 £1,535
Reach 250,000 or less £3,069 £1,023

* additional fee applicable if channel requires the right to create adverts using MCPS production music.

What next?

Download, complete and send an application form to the TV licensing team at tvchannels@prsformusic.com.

All TV broadcasters are allocated a specific PRS for Music account manager to provide advice and answer any queries you may have before, during or after the licensing process. Once we have received your application form we will arrange a meeting with your new account manager to put a licence in place.

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