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*
|Annual Net Broadcasting Revenue
|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*
Annual Net Broadcast Revenue
|Up to £33,368||£999|
|Between £33,368 and £774,162
Between £774,162 and £1,548,325
|Greater than £1,548,325
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 email@example.com or post to:
Broadcast and Online
PRS for Music
2 Pancras Square
If you need advice or have any questions about your application, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call our licensing team on +44 (0)20 3741 4180.
If your radio station is online only, please email us at email@example.com or call out licensing team on +44 (0)20 3741 3888.