Help with buying a licence
Purchasing a PRS for Music licence helps you legally use or play music. Use the list below to help you learn about the types of licences that are available and which is the right one for you.
If you're an MCPS member and you release your work through your own record company you can apply for an exclusion. This way your company won't be invoiced for releasing your own music.
Licences for concert venues, festivals, Local Authorities, theatres and universities
PRS for Music and PPL, the UK’s two music collecting societies, have joined forces to set up PPL PRS Ltd, a joint venture combining the two societies’ public performance licensing activities. PPL PRS Ltd launched the joint licence on 26 February 2018 and offers a single licence, called TheMusicLicence, on behalf of both PRS for Music and PPL, to play or perform music in public.
There are a range of tariffs to cover the different uses of music across various venue types. To help you understand how much TheMusicLicence could cost, visit the PPL PRS website to view all tariffs.
You need an online music licence if you’re hosting content on your website, or providing on demand streaming, permanent downloads, podcasts, webcasting and general entertainment content.
The licences we provide are:
- Online Live Concerts Licence (OLC) used for live stream a concert in the UK or one of our managed territories (Malta, Cyprus, Gibraltar, The Bahamas or Bermuda).
Read more about OLC
- General Entertainment Online Licence (GEOL) used for medium to large online services making general entertainment content available in the UK, such as TV programmes that contain music but are not a pure music service.
Read more about GEOL
- Limited Online Music Licence (LOML) used for small digital services in the UK which offer on-demand streaming, permanent downloads, podcasts, webcasting and audiovisual content to UK audiences.
Read more about LOML
- Limited Online Music Licence Plus (LOML+) used for medium-sized digital services which offer on-demand streaming, permanent downloads and webcasting to a UK audience.
Read more about LOML+
- Performing Right Online Licence (PROL) used for digital services that have pre-cleared the mechanical rights separately and need to license the communication to the public of our members’ music via streaming or downloading.
Read more about PROL
- Music Downloads Licence (MDL) used for music downloading services that expect to exceed £200,000 in annual revenue.
Read more about MDL
- Multi-territory Licencing If you are planning to launch a music service that will be available in the UK and any other European territory, and you expect your revenue to exceed £200,000, please contact us.
Read more about Online multi-territory licensing
- Online Karaoke Services used for services of all sizes that offer or sell music tracks for karaoke.
Read more about Online Karaoke Services
These licences cover the communication to the public and associated mechanical rights of our members’ music through all digital services, including websites.
From CDs to newspaper covermounts, we offer music licences for a variety of music products.
CD and DVD covermounts
These licences cover CDs and DVDs manufactured and distributed to the public with magazines and newspapers
The covermount licences
Supplying fitness music services - FMS
This licence covers the supply of music to fitness instructors
The FMS licence
Importing products into the UK - JIL
This licence covers you for importing audio, audio-visual, karaoke, toy and novelty products into the UK.
The JIL licence
Issuing a digital copy with a vinyl purchase
This licence covers you offering a digital copy with the purchase of a vinyl.
The Vinyl Copy Code licence
Karaoke products - KAR
This licence covers you for the manufacture and distribution of karaoke products.
The KAR licence
Background music services - MSB2B
This licence covers the supply of background music services to business locations.
The MSB2B licence
Audio-visual products - AVP and DVD1
These licences cover you for releasing audio-visual products - like DVDs - for retail sale.
The AVP and DVD1 licences
Music promotions - AP4
This licence covers you for sending music promotions to the music industry in anticipation of a CD album or single release.
The AP4 licence
Recording background music for an exhibition - SG4
This licence covers music that's part of a public exhibition, specifically the process of recording the music you want playing.
The SG4 licence
Releasing audio-only products - AP1 and AP2
These licences cover the manufacture and distribution of audio-only products - like CDs and vinyl - for retail sale.
The AP1 and AP2 licences
Specialist music products - SG6
This licence covers the creation and distribution of customised music products - like backing tracks, music quiz compilations and MIDI files.
The SG6 licence
Using music in your own products - LM
This blanket licence covers the use of music in your own CDs, DVDs and more - perfect for home movies and small personal projects.
The LM licence
We license our members' music for use on FM, AM, DAB, cable and satellite radio stations.
- Commercial Radio Licence used for commercial radio stations that are broadcasting on AM, FM, DAB, cable or satellite, including online simulcasts.
More details on the Commercial Radio Licence and how to apply
- Community Radio Licence used for community radio stations that are broadcasting on AM or FM, including online simulcasts.
More details on the Community Radio Licence and how to apply
- Long-Term Restricted Service Licence (RSL) used for radio stations with a Long-Term Restricted Service Licence (RSL) from Ofcom that broadcast to a single site. Examples of single sites include army bases, hospitals, prisons and student campuses.
More details on the Long-Term Restricted Service Licence and how to apply
- Short-Term Restricted Service Licence (RSL) used for radio stations with a Short-Term Restricted Service Licence (RSL) from Ofcom.
More details on the Short-Term Restricted Service Licence and how to apply
- Radio Advertising Production Music Licence used for radio stations that want to use MCPS Production Music in radio adverts.
More details on the Radio Advertising Production Music Licence and how to apply
TV Broadcast licence - BARB rated TV channels
For TV channels that broadcast music controlled by us within the UK and that are rated by BARB. This licence also covers TV channels that broadcast in the UK for reception outside the UK.
More details on the TV Broadcast Licence and how to apply
TV Broadcast Licence - Non BARB rated TV channels
If your TV channel broadcasts music controlled by us within the UK and is not BARB rated, a General Entertainment TV licence (GETV) is the correct licence.
More details on the GETV Licence and how to apply
Music TV licence
For TV channels that feature music videos or music programming in the majority of their broadcast schedule.
More details on the Music TV Licence and how to apply
Independent production companies
Independent Production Companies (IPC) licence
For Independent Production Companies that make TV programmes for UK broadcasters, including Channel 4 and Channel 5.
More details on the IPC Licence and how to apply
Music programmes licence
For Independent Production Companies (IPCs) that make music programmes for UK broadcasters, including Channel 4 and Channel 5.
More details on the Music Programmes Licence and how to apply
TV programme sales licence
For UK distributors, production companies, producers and broadcasters that are selling UK-originating programmes that contain members’ music.
More details on the TV Programme Sales Licence and how to apply
Welsh Independent Production Companies licence - Trwydded IPC S4C
For Independent Production Companies (IPCs) that make TV programmes for S4C.
More details on the Welsh IPC Licence and how to apply - in English
More details on the Welsh IPC Licence and how to apply - in Welsh