Hotels and guesthouses

Here at PRS for Music we provide music licences for hotels and guesthouses, granting you legal permission to play music to staff and guests.

Music in guesthouses and hotels is an important part of the overall experience. It helps create the right ambience for your guests, and has a positive impact on staff morale and productivity.

Sixty-nine percent of people we asked feel that music is an important factor in creating the right hotel atmosphere, while 75 percent of guests like to hear music in lobbies, bars, restaurants and public spaces.

We can help you become licensed to play music at your premises so you can start to reap the rewards music can bring.

How do I get a licence?

We provide bespoke licences tailored to your needs. Please call 0800 068 4828 to speak to our team so that we can ensure we're providing the best value for you. Lines are open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.

Alternatively, fill in your details below and we'll contact you.

Do you need a licence?

If you, or anyone else, plays music for customers, visitors or staff, you need legal permission from the relevant copyright owners.

To get permission, simply take out a PRS for Music licence and, in most cases, one from PPL too.

We are the UK's leading collecting society and part of a global network of societies. In most cases a licence from us gives those who want to use music the right to legally use millions of copyrighted songs and music compositions registered around the world.

Please note, you don't need a licence from us if you play music which is out of copyright or purchased from a royalty-free music library. Please contact us if you're unsure.

We collect and distribute licence fees for the use of music on behalf of our songwriter, composer and music publisher members.

Another UK society, PPL, collects and distributes licence fees for the use of recorded music on behalf of its performer and record company members.

In most cases, you will require a music licence from both of us when you play recorded music in public. Find out more about us here.

How is your fee licence calculated?

We have dedicated licensing tariffs which cover bed and breakfasts, guesthouses and hotels.

Licence tariffs depend on:

  • Number of letting bedrooms
  • how you play music (eg. in the background or DJs and live performances)
  • where you play music (eg. cafes, bars, events)
  • if you play music on hold

DJs or karaoke jockeys may need a separate ProDub licence to play music at your venue. Please note, where they don’t have one, it may render your licence invalid.

There are limited circumstances where, at our discretion, we choose not to charge for our licence. Read our policies for: