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S4C IPC licence 

Independent Production Companies (IPC) making content for S4C can cover the use of MCPS repertoire under the IPC blanket licence.

With the IPC blanket 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?

Signing up allows you the right to use up to 10 million different songs and pieces of music. It also allows you to provide programmes for +/- 35 day VOD (video on demand).

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

Costs

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

Commercial music – Licence fees

You may require a licence for sound recording rights (PPL) in addition to mechanical rights (MCPS). Your IPC account manager will be able to advise you if you require two rights. The licence fees for commercial music are charged according to the below tables, where the delivery date is on or after the 1 January 2016:

MCPS

Channel Initial TX covered Primary TX Additional 1 TX Additional 5 TX Prog. related material
S4C Digital 5 tx +/- 35 day VOD £50 £16 £50 £15
Red Button n/a £16 n/a n/a £11

PPL

Channel Initial TX covered Primary TX Additional 1 TX Additional 5 TX Prog. related material
S4C Digital 5 tx +/- 35 day VOD £50 £16 £50 £15
Red Button n/a £16 n/a n/a £11

Production music - Licence fees

The licence fees for production music are charged according to the table below, where the production delivery date is on or after the 1 January 2016.

MCPS Production Music covered in programmes made for online at the rates below.

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 4033 to go through how these rates and discounts can benefit your productions.

Licence category S4C (all media) Worldwide (all media) Worldwide excl. UK (all media) UK (all media)
Single cue £21 £70 £35 £35
Single track £45 £150 £75 £75
Single production £165 £550 £275 £275
Single series (up to 8 productions) £595 £2,000 £1,000 £1,000
Annual deal - single IPC By negotiation:
Call +44 (0)20 3741 4033
From £5,000 From £2,500 From £2,500
Annual deal - group IPC By negotiation:
Call +44 (0)20 3741 4033

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.
  • All prices exclude VAT.

How do you apply?

Complete and send an application form to welshtvprogrammes@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

Agreement including terms and conditions

IPC TV production music rate card glossary, additional information and conditions

Printable PDF of the IPC TV production rate card

For more info please contact the Welsh IPC team on
+44 (0)20 3741 4033.

New for 2016

MCPS Production Music covered in programmes made for online.

 
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