Education Consultation

In October 2023, we launched a public consultation on two new licences designed specifically for the education sector: Digital Music Licence for Schools and Digital Music Licence for Further & Higher Education.

We have reviewed the feedback and have responded to specific points, summarised in the document below.

The new Digital Music Licences will come into effect from January 2024 and will replace the Limited Online Music Licence (LOML) for education establishments who want to use music online and will continue to be available from PRS for Music.

Digital Music Licence for Schools

This new licence will be available to primary and secondary schools, free schools, special schools and pupil referral units as well as local authority maintained, academies and independent schools. Sixth forms and nurseries are also included in this licence if they are a part of the school.

Digital Music Licence for Further and Higher Education

The new licence is available to institutions of further and higher education, for example, sixth form colleges, general education colleges, music and performing arts colleges, traditional and metropolitan universities, and conservatoires.

Frequently Asked Questions

We are currently working with educational authorities to simplify the licensing process for schools. Schools in Northern Ireland are currently covered by the EANI and do not need to acquire the licence themselves. However, Schools in England, Wales and Scotland currently need to purchase a licence directly from PRS for Music. Any changes to this will be announced by PRS for Music.
Once the consultation period has ended, we will examine all the feedback we have received. A summary of the feedback, along with our response, will be made available on our website. Stakeholders will be notified before the final licences are published.
After business costs, all the licence fees we collect are processed, allocated and distributed to the talented music creators that we represent. By purchasing a licence, customers are supporting the future of music by helping to ensure its creators are paid for their work, so that the people who write, perform and record it can continue making the music we all love.
There are several methods to track the music being played in different environments, including the reporting from schools to PPL-PRS on what music has been used, this allows us to distribute the licence fees collected as accurately and efficiently as possible.
Our distributions are normally made four times a year, in April, July, October and December. We aim to include payments in the second quarterly distribution after the event has taken place. For example, music performed in May would be included in the October distribution.

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