Frequently asked questions

What are you announcing?

We are announcing a consultation process on our live music Tariff - Popular Music Concerts Tariff (Tariff LP).

What does the Tariff LP cover?

The tariff covers our licensing policy and the charges we make for the use of copyright music, controlled by PRS for Music, at popular music events and festivals.

What is the purpose of this consultation?

The live music sector has changed dramatically since the Copyright Tribunal set the tariff in 1988. We therefore have an obligation on behalf of our members to understand more about those changes. Since the 2010 consultation on Tariff LP, we have undertaken further investigations into the live music industry, including commissioning independent third party research into consumer preferences when attending popular music concerts and festivals and the value of song composition makes to these events. The consultation also follows a series of ongoing stakeholder reviews with many of the parties concerned.

How have you approached this consultation?

We have a long history of undertaking consultations on key issues that impact our members. On this specific consultation we have thus far worked with various industry experts and commissioned third party research into a licence tariff which has remained unchanged since 1988. This consultation is the next part of our evaluation and is being undertaken in line with our published Code of Conduct.

Who is affected by this?

This is a consultation with current Tariff LP licensees, including popular festivals and live music venues. Last year, under this tariff, we had approximately 2,000 promoter and live venue licensees covering 30,000 live music events across the UK. The tariff also directly impacts in excess of 30,000 PRS for Music members in the UK who derive income from live events licensed in this way.

How long does the consultation run for?

The consultation ran for eight weeks commencing Monday 13 April 2015, with the deadline for responses by Monday 8 June. With effect from 1 June the deadline has now been extended to 30 September 2015.

I’m affiliated with a trade body or industry organisation, can they respond to this consultation on my behalf?

While we are happy to accept comments from representative trade bodies and organisations, we ask individual members and licensees to submit their answers directly to us. In this way, we will be able to ensure all responses can be properly reviewed and considered at an individual level.

Where can I find the PRS for Music Code of Conduct?

Our Code of Conduct is published on the PRS for Music website.

What will happen next?

We intend to review all responses thoroughly and maintain an open dialogue with respondents to arrive at a satisfactory tariff for all relevant parties.

What timescales are you looking at to report back?

Following the deadline for responses to the consultation there will be a period of review, the details of which we will communicate in due course.

Will you be publishing the findings of the consultation?

Yes. We intend to publish the findings of the consultation subject to any confidentiality provisions as detailed within the response form questionnaire.

How can I put my opinion forward?

We value your feedback and encourage you to submit your responses via our online response form questionnaire. Alternatively, you can download the questionnaire response form and email it to us at by Wednesday 30 September 2015.

I hold multiple Tariff LP licences. Can I submit more than one response to the consultation?

If you are licensed under Tariff LP in multiple capacities (e.g. as a concert promoter but also as a venue owner or festival promoter) and feel that responses to the consultation may differ, please submit separate response forms to reflect your position in each of these capacities.

I’m a PRS for Music member and am not able to answer all the questions detailed in the response form. What should I do?

We encourage all respondents to be as thorough as possible, however, you are not required to complete all the questions. If you are a PRS for Music member, please answer only those questions in the response form that are relevant to you.

I still have a question about the Popular Music Concerts Tariff (Tariff LP) consultation.

If you are visually impaired or require further assistance in responding to the Popular Music Concerts Tariff (Tariff LP) consultation you can email or phone +44 (0) 20 3741 3940.

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