Commercial radio licence

Who needs this licence

Commercial radio stations that are broadcasting on AM, FM, DAB, cable or satellite, including online simulcasts.

If your radio station is online only, please look at the Limited Online Music Licence.

What this licence covers

This licence covers the right to:

  • broadcast and simulcast our members' music from the UK
  • provide on demand content for up to 30 days after its original broadcast
  • copy commercial works into programmes
  • copy production music into programmes and trailers
  • copy music for broadcast onto databases and servers

This is a summary of the rights covered by this licence. See the Terms and Conditions for more details, including relevant exceptions and limitations.

How we calculate the licence fee

The licence fees are calculated as a percentage of the station’s annual Net Broadcasting Revenue (NBR), plus an annual royalty fee.

Annual royalty fees*

*for year ending 30 September 2020
Annual Net Broadcasting Revenue
Royalty Fee
Up to £119,539
Between £119,539 and £298,848 £197
Between £298,848 and £774,162
Between £774,162 and £1,548,325
Between £1,548,325 and £3,586,179
Greater than £3,586,179 £4,602

Annual royalty rate*

*for year ending 30 September 2020

Annual Net Broadcast Revenue

Royalty Rate

Up to £33,368 £999
Between £33,368 and £774,162

Between £774,162 and £1,548,325

Greater than  £1,548,325
Speech based 1%

Annual minimum fee

If your station’s NBR for the year ending 30 September 2020 is less than £33,368 the fee will be £1,065.

Apply for a licence

Please complete the application form and email to or post to:

Radio licensing
Broadcast and Online
PRS for Music
2 Pancras Square
Kings Cross

Contact us

If you need advice or have any questions about your application, please email or call our licensing team on +44 (0)20 3741 4180.

If your radio station is online only, please email us at or call out licensing team on +44 (0)20 3741 3888.

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