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Become licensed to play music at work 

Do I need a licence

We're here to answer questions and help you obtain the legal permission you need to play copyright music at work.

To set up your account now call our Music Licensing Team on 0800 694 7322

Lines are open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

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Licensed to play

Music licences allow you to play copyright music including:

  • Recorded and live music
  • Music played on CD and MP3 players, radios, TVs and through computer speakers
  • Music played to telephone callers while ‘on hold’

You may also need a licence from PPL. Visit You do not need to be licensed if all the music you play is out of copyright.

Why businesses need to be licensed to play music

Playing music audibly to staff and customers in a business environment is considered a public performance. The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 states you need to get permission from the copyright holder to play music in public.

A music licence is a simple way for you to get the permission you need from the copyright owners of the music you are using.

To buy a PRS for Music licence, call now on 0800 694 7322

What is a public performance?

Playing fair

PRS for Music distributes nearly 90% of the fees we receive from licences back to songwriters, composers and publishers in the form of royalties. We only deduct our administration cost.

Download'From Repertoire to Royalties' here

How the cost of a PRS for Music licence is calculated

Different businesses use music in different ways so costs vary.

Call our Music Licensing Team on 0800 694 7322 to find out how your tariff will be calculated.

For more information, browse a list of industry sectors.

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Not paying to play

If a music user does not obtain a licence, we can take legal action for copyright infringement and the user could then be liable for costs and damages. Before this, of course, we take all reasonable steps to communicate the need for a music licence.

To buy a licence call 0800 694 7322.

There are circumstances when a licence from PRS for Music is not required.

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