Background music services

The Supply of Background Music Services (MSB2B) licence

The MSB2B licence allows you to supply music (audio, music video and karaoke) to business locations solely for the purpose of playing to members of the public. Typical locations include:

  • retail shops
  • commercial businesses
  • pubs
  • hotels
  • restaurants
  • aeroplanes

This licence also covers:

  • The creation of a digital database of audio-only, music video tracks or karaoke tracks to supply the service
  • Electronic means of music transmission to customers in the UK only
  • Satellite means of music transmission (only those transmitted from the UK) to customers in the EEA
  • The creation of copies at the client end on hard disk where tracks are delivered to a client site for local storage or streaming via electronic means or satellite in the UK only

MSB2B licence costs

Advance payment of £1000.

Physical delivery

Background

Interactive service

Karaoke service

% of applicable revenue

6.0%

6.0%

9.5%

Minimum per site per month

£2.00

£2.50

£2.50

Online/satellite delivery

Background

Interactive service

Karaoke service

% of applicable revenue

7.0%

8.0%

10.5%

Minimum per site per month

£2.50

£3.50

£3.50

Apply for an MSB2B licence

Potential customers must pass a credit check and take on reporting duties to qualify for MSB2B and pay royalties in arrears.

  1. Send reporting forms detailing revenue generated from operating the service (30 days after the end of each calendar quarter)
  2. We send an invoice (within 7 days)
  3. Customer pays invoices (within 15 days of issue date)

Where can I find licensed providers?

You can find a list of the providers we license on our A-Z licensed providers page.

Other licences you may need

The MSB2B Scheme does not include the right to play music in any venue. A public performance licence can be obtained separately from PRS for Music by the venue owners.

Contact us

If you would like more information about this licence scheme, please contact us on +44 (0)20 3741 3888 or email us at applications@mcps.co.uk