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.

2018 licence fees for commercial music

Licence fees for commercial music where the delivery date is on or after 1 April 2018

Commissioning Channel

Number of initial broadcasts

Use rate 
(per 30 seconds)
Each additional broadcast charge 
as a percentage of 'use rate'

BBC1/ITV1

2

£196

50%

Channel 4/BBC2

2

£133

50%

Channel 5

2

£101

50%

E4/More4/BBC4/
ITV2/ITV3/ITV4

Up to 2 broadcasts on each o 8 different play weeks

£98

100%

5*/5USA/
5Spike/5SELECT 

Up to 2 broadcasts on each of 8 different play weeks

£82

100%

5*/5USA/
5Spike/5SELECT
Up to 2 broadcasts on each of 8 different play weeks £82 Charged at full use rate
5*/5USA/
5Spike/5SELECT

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

£42

100%

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

£80

100%

2018 licence fees for MCPS Production Music

Licence fees for production music where the delivery date is on or after 1 April 2018

Licence category

Worldwide (all media)

Worldwide excl. UK (all media)

UK (all media)

Single cue

£74

£37

£37

Single track

£159

£80

£80

Single production

£582

£291

£291

Single series (up to any 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

 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

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.