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Independent Production Companies (IPC) licence

Who needs this licence

Independent Production Companies (IPCs) that make TV programmes for UK broadcasters, including Channel 4 and Channel 5, or programmes for online platforms.

What this licence covers

The copying of MCPS Commercial Music and Production Music into TV programmes for broadcast in the UK, or the copying of MCPS Production Music for broadcast on online platforms.

2020 licence fees for Commercial Music

Fees are applicable until 31 December 2020
Commissioning Channel Number of initial broadcasts
Use rate 
(per 30 seconds)
Each additional broadcast charge 
as a percentage of 'use rate'
BBC1/ITV1

2

£206

50%
Channel 4/BBC2

2

£140

50%
Channel 5

2

£106

50%
E4/More4/BBC4/
ITV2/ITV3/ITV4
Up to 2 broadcasts on each o 8 different play weeks

£103

100%

5*/5USA/5Select/Paramount Network Up to 2 broadcasts on each of 8 different play weeks

£87

100%

5*/5USA/5Select/Paramount Network Up to 2 broadcasts on each of 8 different play weeks, following the first 16 broadcast weeks

£44

100%
Other satellite/digital terrestrial channels Up to 2 broadcasts on each of 8 different play weeks

£85

100%

2020 licence fees for MCPS Production Music

Fees are applicable until 31 December 2020
Licence category Worldwide (all media) Worldwide excl. UK (all media) UK (all media)
Single cue

£78

£39

£39

Single track

£167

£85

£85

Single production

£614

£307

£307

Single series (up to any 8 productions)

£2000

£1000

£1000

Annual deal - single IPC

From £5000

From £2500

From £2500

Annual deal - group IPC

By negotiation call +44 (0)20 3741 4101

By negotiation call +44 (0)20 3741 4101 By negotiation call +44 (0)20 3741 4101

MCPS Production Music Notes

  • Aggregation is permitted on all per 30 second rates. Aggregation allows various music cues to be added together to produce a cumulative total.
  • If you are making a TV programme promo please call +44 (0)20 3741 3888 for a quote.
  • Productions are covered in perpetuity.
  • Radio, public location and theatrical uses are excluded from IPC rates.

Apply for a licence

Once we have received your application, we will assign you an account manager, who will be in contact to set up your licence. For further information please contact the General Entertainment Productions Team on +44 (0)20 3741 4101.

N.B. You will need to submit cuesheets within 14 days of delivering your production to the broadcaster.

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