Walk-on Walk-off music at stand-up comedy shows (theatres, arenas and similar premises)
Following representations from some customers, PRS for Music has decided to introduce a Discretionary Charging Policy for stand-up comedy shows at theatres, arenas and similar venues (excluding clubs) at which the only act or acts are stand-up comedians, and the only music used during the show is for a very limited period (up to 5 minutes in total) for the walk-on walk-off of the comedians, i.e. no music is used within the artiste’s act.
As from 1st December 2014, such performances will no longer be licensed using the Tariff V rate, where we had applied the minimum rate under that tariff, 0.5% of gross receipts.
The charge to be applied will be 0.2% of the actual gross receipts from the stand-up comedy show. Gross receipts means all monies paid or payable in respect of admission charges in connection with the performances, less library and party bookings discounts and Value Added Tax or any other Government tax or imposition of a like nature for the time being in force.
This is in recognition of the special nature of these performances where the music usage is minimal when compared to the full length of the show and not used within the artiste’s main act.
What is the process?
- PRS for Music will contact you ahead of your licence renewal date to obtain actual music details. We will use this information to calculate the charges due.
- Programme and set list forms can be submitted electronically (or posted) for all live performances of music under the relevant PRS for Music public performance tariff.
Are there any circumstances where I may not need a licence?
- We do not control dramatico-musical works. Permission must be sought direct from the publisher or other copyright owner.
- PRS for Music does not charge for music used at a recognised Service of Divine Worship in consecrated places of worship.
- PRS for Music has a number of discretionary charging
- policies which define circumstances in which we choose not to make a charge for our licence.
*PRS for Music licenses cover the majority of music originating from the UK and all over the world. However, if you play music outside of PRS for Music’s control, you may need an additional licence from the relevant copyright owner(s). You will also require a TV licence if you are using a TV in your premises. In the unlikely event that all the music you play is out of copyright or is not controlled by PRS for Music, you do not need a PRS for Music licence. In some cases you may also require a licence from PPL. PPL collects and distributes royalties on behalf of record companies and performers. Further info at ppluk.com. All music licences are required under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. It stipulates you must gain the permission of the copyright owner if you play music in public (anywhere outside the home environment).