We aim to ensure that our production music licence fees are fair to both music creators and music users.
Our published licensing schemes are set and reviewed in consultation with our licensees and, if appropriate, their representative bodies.
In some cases, the independent Copyright Tribunal is requested to make a decision. See the IPO's website for more details about the Copyright Tribunal.
What is a consultation process?
We consult with our customers and their representatives to enable them to give their views on the proposed changes when we introduce a new licensing scheme or make changes to an existing one.
A consultation process allows PRS for Music to:
- Provide information about any licensing scheme review
- Gather information from current and potential customers about their music use to explain any proposed changes
A consultation process allows music users to:
- Provide information about how they use music and the value of music use to their business, service or organisation
- Comment on the current licensing scheme
- Comment on any proposed changes
- Put forward alternate viewpoints and suggestions
Please note, PRS for Music reserves the right to implement urgent changes without using the consultation process when there is a demonstrable business need, for example, to meet legal requirements.
PRS for Music is conducting one of the most extensive tariff reviews as part of a Public Performance Tariff Simplification programme, you can view the related consultations in the designated Tariff Simplification section of our website.
- Popular Music Concerts Tariff (‘Tariff LP’) (2015)
- Code of Conduct (2012)
- Amateur Sports Clubs Consultation (2012)
Amateur Sports Clubs – Tariff AMS
Discretionary Charging Policy: This tariff, as ordered by the Copyright Tribunal, limited the charges in section 1.2.2 in specific circumstances for the period up to 31st December 2016. PRS for Music shall, for the one-year period from 1st January 2017 to 31st December 2017, apply a limit to the rate applicable in Section 1.2.2 to £200.00 standard rate maximum where the only use of background music is by a single radio or a single TV with a screen size less than 26 inches. This charging policy is provided at the absolute discretion of PRS for Music and all rights remain strictly reserved, including the right to review or remove the policy at any time.
Community buildings – Tariff CB
Following discussions with ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) and Community Matters PRS for Music has made minor amendments to our Tariff CB (Community buildings run by voluntary organisations) to clarify the defined income details to be declared to us. In addition, we have increased the income threshold detailed in the tariff to reflect the rate of inflation since the tariff was last agreed in 2000.
These changes are effective from 1st April 2015.
Walk-on Walk-off music at stand-up comedy shows (theatres, arenas and similar premises)
Following representations from some customers, PRS for Music has decided to introduce a Discretionary Charging Policy for stand-up comedy shows at theatres, arenas and similar venues (excluding clubs) at which the only act or acts are stand-up comedians, and the only music used during the show is for a very limited period (up to 5 minutes in total) for the walk-on walk-off of the comedians, i.e. no music is used within the artiste’s act.
As from 1st December 2014, such performances will no longer be licensed using the Tariff V rate, where we had applied the minimum rate under that tariff, 0.5% of gross receipts.
The charge to be applied will be 0.2% of the actual gross receipts from the stand-up comedy show. Gross receipts means all monies paid or payable in respect of admission charges in connection with the performances, less library and party bookings discounts and Value Added Tax or any other Government tax or imposition of a like nature for the time being in force.
This is in recognition of the special nature of these performances where the music usage is minimal when compared to the full length of the show and not used within the artiste’s main act.
Amendment to scope of Tariff JMC
Following an application from PRS for Music, the Copyright Tribunal has ordered an amendment to the scope of Tariff JMC.
As from 1st January 2014 the scope of Tariff JMC excludes not-for-profit-amateur sports clubs, for which there is a new tariff. See details of the new licensing arrangements for amateur sports clubs.
This change will not affect other clubs licensed under Tariff JMC.