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.

What this licence covers

The copying of members’ music into TV programmes for broadcast in the UK.

The IPC licence excludes certain works which can be found on the list below. These works need to be cleared directly with the publishers.

2017 licence fees for commercial music

Licence fees for commercial music where the delivery date is on or after the 1 April 2017.
Commissioning channel Number of initial broadcasts
Use rate
(per 30 seconds)
Each additional broadcast charge
as a percentage of 'use rate'
ITV1/BBC1 2 £188
50%
Channel 4/ BBC2 2 £128
50%

Channel 5

2

£97

50%

E4/More 4/BBC4/
ITV2/ITV3/ITV4

Up to 2 broadcasts on each of 8
different play weeks

£94

100%

5*/5USA/Spike/My5

Up to 2 broadcasts on each of 8
different play weeks

£79

100%

5*/5USA/Spike/My5

Up to 2 broadcasts on each of 8 different play weeks,
following the first 16 weeks broadcast

£40

100%

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

£77

100%

2017 licence fees for MCPS Production Music

Licence fees for production music where the delivery date is on or after the 1 April 2017.
Licence category Worldwide (all media) Worldwide excl. UK (all media)
UK (all media)
Single cue £71 £36
£36
Single track £153 £77
£77
Single production £560 £280
£280
Single series (up to 8 productions) £2,000 £1,000
£1,000
Annual deal - single IPC From £5,000 From £2,500
From £2,500
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

Apply for a licence

Please complete the application form and email to tvprogrammes@prsformusic.com or post to the following address:

Broadcast Licensing
PRS for Music
2 Pancras Square
London
N1C 4AG

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 IPC 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.