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Welsh Independent Production Companies (IPC) licence

Who needs this licence?

Independent Production Companies (IPCs) that make TV programmes for S4C.

What this licence covers?

The copying of members' music into TV programmes for broadcast on S4C.

The copying of sound recordings controlled by PPL into TV programmes for S4C.

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

2020 licence fees for Commercial Music

Fees are applicable until 31 December 2020
Channel Initial TX covered Primary TX Additional 1 TX Additional 5 TX Prog. related material
S4C Digital 5 tx +/- 35 day VOD

£56

£18

£56

£17

Red Button n/a

£18

n/a

n/a

£11

2020 licence fees for PPL sound recordings

Fees are applicable until 31 December 2020
Channel Initial TX covered Primary TX Additional 1 TX Additional 5 TX Prog. related material
S4C Digital 5 tx +/- 35 day VOD

£56

£18

£56

£17

Red Button

n/a

£18

n/a

n/a

£11

2020 licence fees for MCPS Production Music

Fees are applicable until 31 December 2020
License category S4C (all media)
Worldwide (all media)
Worldwide excl. UK (all media) UK (all media)
Single cue

£23

£78

£39

£39

Single track

£51

£167

£85

£85

Single production

£185

£614

£307

£307

Single series (up to any 8 productions) £595 £2,000 £1,000 £1,000
Annual deal - single IPC By negotiation call +44 (0)20 3741 4101 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 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'll assign you an account manager who will be in contact to set up your licence. For further information please contact the Welsh licensing team on +44 (0)20 3741 4033.

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

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