Public exhibitions

The SG4 licence 

The public exhibition licence allows you to record the musical works you want to play to members of the public as background music to visual displays that are part of an exhibition within the premises of an exhibition venue. You will also need a performing right licence to play the music in your venue.

Examples include:

  • Museum displays featuring audio or audio-visual content as part of the display
  • Audio guides for museum exhibits
  • Musically themed exhibitions

Prior approval for public exhibitions

For exhibitions where a single member of MCPS controls the Musical Works contained therein (either in whole or in part) that in aggregate account for 50% or more of the works used, the copyright holder may have elected to license their Musical Works to you directly.

The SG4 licence covers the payment of mechanical royalties only, which is paid to music publishers for the use of musical works. Sound recording rights must be licensed separately from record companies (where applicable).

Public exhibition licence costs

Small - under 100,000 visitors per annum

Non-paying audiences

Fee-paying audiences

£250 per 30 second unit per annum

£350 per 30 second unit per annum

Medium - between 100,000 and 750,000 visitors per annum

Non-paying audiences

Fee-paying audiences

£500 per 30 second unit per annum

£700 per 30 second unit per annum

Large - 750,000+ visitors per annum

Non-paying audiences

Fee-paying audiences

£1000 per 30 second unit per annum

£1400 per 30 second unit per annum

Apply for an SG4 licence

  1. Apply for an SG4 licence with full details of exhibitions and music use
  2. We send an invoice (within 10 days of receipt of the application
  3. Customer pays invoice (within 15 days of the issue date)

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