Commercial radio and PRS for Music agree new licensing deal

Commercial radio companies have agreed a new licensing deal with PRS for Music, the body that represents songwriters, composers and music publishers.

The deal was agreed with RadioCentre, the industry body for commercial radio, and will apply to more than 300 licensed commercial radio stations in the UK.  It will run for a minimum of 5 years and replaces the previous agreement, which has been in place since 1993.

In summary, under the new licence:

  • Stations will continue to pay a percentage of net revenue  and an annual lump sum payment
  • Rights will be granted for radio broadcast; simulcast and catch-up listening
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I am delighted that we have reached this new agreement together.  This deal provides freedom for radio stations to use and promote music, while making sure artists and rights holders are rewarded appropriately.  We look forward to continuing our mutually beneficial partnership with artists and songwriters  for many years to come.

RadioCentre Chief Executive, Andrew Harrison
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Radio is a core part of our licensing operation. The changing listener environment, digital music delivery and the growth of radio’s music services mean it’s very important that we continue to have appropriate licensing arrangements for our  radio partners. Therefore we are very pleased to have concluded a modernised contract with commercial radio, on behalf of all our members.

PRS for Music, Chief Executive, Robert Ashcroft

About PRS for Music

PRS for Music represents the rights of songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK and around the world. As a membership organisation the company ensures creators are paid whenever their music and songs are played, performed, broadcast or reproduced in public and provides business and community groups with access to 22.2 million songs through its music licences. With over 100 representation agreements in place globally, PRS for Music's network represents over two million music creators.

In 2016, the organisation collected over half a billion pounds (£621.5m) on behalf of its members, making it one of the world’s leading music collective management organisations.