Walk-on Walk-off music at stand-up comedy shows (theatres, arenas and similar premises)
PRS for Music has reduced the rate to be applied to stand-up comedy shows at theatres, arenas and similar premises where the only music is that used for the walk-on walk-off of comedians. Details available here.
What is the process for a theatre performance?
- The theatre manager and producers are responsible for informing PRS for Music of the full details of the work(s) that are to be performed, including, the type of performance, duration, name, dates and venue.
- PRS for Music will notify the licensee or applicants which of the works are to be covered by a music licence alongside the royalty rate applicable.
- 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.
How can I use Interpolated music in my performance?
- 30 days is needed to ensure clearance has been granted in time for the performance. Any performance of interpolated music* could constitute a copyright infringement and may result in the copyright owner taking legal action.
*Interpolated music is pre-existing music (i.e. not specially written for the presentation) that is either performed by, or audible to, a character or characters in a dramatic presentation**. It exists within the dramatic world portrayed in the presentation.
**A dramatic presentation is a characterised drama on the live stage.
Are there any circumstances where I may not need a licence?
- If the theatre venue already has a PRS for Music licence, the production organiser does not need to apply personally. However, they may need to provide information to the venue so the appropriate fee can be assessed.
- We do not control dramatico-musical works. Permission must be sought direct from the publisher or other copyright owner.
- PRS for Music does not seek to 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 licences 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).