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Supply of Background Music Services (MSB2B) 

Supply of Background Music Services licence (MSB2B) – what it covers

The MSB2B licence allows you to supply music (audio, music video and karaoke) to business locations solely for the purpose of playing to members of the public. Typical locations include:

  • retail shops
  • commercial businesses
  • pubs
  • hotels
  • restaurants
  • aeroplanes

This licence also covers:

  • The creation of a digital database of audio-only, music video tracks or karaoke tracks to supply the service.
  • Electronic means of music transmission to customers in the UK only.
  • Satellite means of music transmission (only those transmitted from the UK) to customers in the EEA.
  • The creation of copies at the client end on hard disk when tracks are delivered to a client site for local storage or streaming via electronic means or satellite in the UK only.

MSB2B licence costs

Advance payment of £1000.

Physical delivery

Background Interactive service Karaoke service
Percentage of applicable revenue 6.0% 6.0% 9.5%
Minimum per site per month £2.00 £2.50 £2.50

Online / satellite delivery

Background Interactive service Karaoke service
Percentage of applicable revenue 7.0% 8.0% 10.5%
Minimum per site per month £2.50 £3.50 £3.50

Apply for an MSB2B licence

Potential customers must pass a credit check and take on reporting duties to qualify for MSB2B and pay royalties in arrears.

  1. Send reporting forms detailing revenue generated from operating the service (30 days after the end of each calendar quarter)
  2. We send an invoice (within 7 days)
  3. Customer pays invoices (within 15 days of issue date).

Where can I find licensed providers?

You can find a list of the providers we license on our A-Z licensed providers page.

Forms and terms and conditions

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