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 2024
Annual Net Broadcasting Revenue
Royalty Fee
Up to £153,556
Between £153,556 and £383,889 £253
Between £383,889 and £994,458
Between £994,458 and £1,988,919
Between £1,988,919 and £4,606,665
Greater than £4,606,665 £5,912

Annual royalty rate*

*for year ending 30 September 2024

Annual Net Broadcast Revenue

Royalty Rate

Up to £42,864 £1,284
Between £42,864 and £994,458

Between £994,458 and £1,988,919

Greater than  £1,988,919
Subject to the annual minimum fee, where the total music use is less than 15% of total broadcast time, and regardless of the NBR level, the percentage rate will be 1%

Annual minimum fee

If your station’s NBR for the year ending 30 September 2024 is less than £42,864 the fee will be £1,368.

Contact us

If you need advice or have any questions about your application, please email

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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