PRS for Music have a dedicated music licence for cinemas. This licence applies to commercial cinemas that show films at least three days a week for a period of four months during the year.
Cinema licence – what it covers
- Film soundtracks (including advertisements)
- Intermission, ‘play-in and play-out’ music
- Music played in the cinema foyer (where under the cinema's control)
- Up to three variety entertainments (before, during or after a complete picture programme)
- Simulcast events
Extras – what the standard cinema licence does not cover
- Music in areas let to or controlled by any third party
- Any separate pub or bar, restaurant, café, or shop
- Entertainments where there is no charge for admission (other than are normally taken into account by the tariff provisions)
These require additional licences, so please mention your needs when you talk to us.
Costs and requirements
You can choose to pay either:
1% of actual receipts from admissions, or
Fixed rate per admission.
You must inform us which basis you wish to be charged by 31 January each year.
Live music event screenings (including simulcast music events): 3% of actual receipts from admissions.
Pay on time and be rewarded
We’ll apply a prompt payment discount of 4% to your account if you send full details of your past year’s usage, along with payment, to us by 31 January each year. Where the annual number of admissions per cinema site is less than 100,000, you may also qualify for a low attendance discount.
Buy or renew your licence
Call us on 0800 068 4828 for a quote or to set up your licence over the phone
Arrange a callback
These licence rates were agreed with the Cinema Exhibitors' Association (CEA) in 2005. Further changes were agreed effective from 1 January 2010.