TV programme sales licence

Who needs this licence

UK distributors, production companies, producers and broadcasters that are selling UK-originating programmes that contain members’ music.

What this licence covers

The supply and sale of TV programmes to linear TV channels, video-on-demand (VOD) services and in-flight entertainment companies.

It covers the use of:

  • commercial works
  • MCPS Production Music

How we calculate the licence fee

The licence fees are a percentage of the gross sales revenue of the programmes that you sell. Please note the exceptions below:

  • sales to USA/Canada, where the base rate will be 17 percent rather than 8.5 percent; and 
  • commissioned by an artist’s record company and/or management company for distribution to UK analogue terrestrial channels will be charged at a flat rate of 17 percent of the gross sales price.
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MCPS percentage claim example

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.