Free music for wedding street parties

Free music for wedding street parties

PRS for Music, the organisation which licences the public use of music, has announced it will make no charge for music licences for certain small community events, including street parties, to encourage celebrations for the Royal Wedding taking place on April 29th. 

The policy which will come into effect between 22nd April 2011 and 6th May hopes to help communities all across the UK enjoy the benefits of music to celebrate the forthcoming nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton. 

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We want to help the nation enjoy this special event and not have to worry about paying for a licence for small public celebrations during this one off period. Music is a key ingredient to creating a positive and happy atmosphere and the Royal Wedding, and national holiday, seems as good a reason as any for a great party and music helps make a great party even better.

Keith Gilbert - Director of Public Performance Sales, PRS for Music

PRS for Music represents 75,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers, collecting and paying royalties when their music is played, performed or reproduced. Many of its members earn a vital living for their creative talent through public plays of their music both in the UK and internationally. 

PRS for Music has contacted all local authorities to inform them of the temporary policy.