PPL and PRS for Music launch new educational video for businesses

PPL and PRS for Music today launched a new video to help businesses understand the benefits of music and how to obtain a licence.

The film, which is narrated by BBC Radio 6 Music DJ Lauren Laverne is now available to watch online and aims to help make the licensing process more transparent. It helps explain the differences between PPL and PRS for Music and those members the organisations respectively represented across the music industry, such as songwriters, record labels, publishers and performers. The film also explains the benefits of music and the important contribution that licensing makes to the music industry.


PPL collects and distributes royalties on behalf of performers and record companies for the use of their recorded music.  PRS for Music collects and distributes royalties on behalf of songwriters, composers and music publishers, for the use of their musical compositions and lyrics.

By obtaining licences from PPL and PRS for Music, you can enjoy the benefits of using music in your business without having to seek permission individually from all these thousands of people – who in turn get the opportunity to be paid fairly for their work.

Lauren Laverne comments in the film

The film presents business owners from across the country talking about the benefits that music brings to their businesses:


We play music all the time. Everyone who works here has their favorite radio station or band they like to play and the music helps to put the customers at ease. There would be no atmosphere without it and it would just be strange to have the sound of the hairdryers.

Louise Robinson, Salon Owner and Design Director at Zanders Hair Design, Newcastle upon Tyne

It’s important that eating at our restaurant is an authentic and enjoyable experience for our customers. Playing music from the same region as where our dishes originate helps us to create the right atmosphere. And it’s great to know that no matter what part of the world the music I play is from, the money goes back to the artists, composers and performers of that work.

Enzo Oliveri, Managing Director of Italian restaurant Fratelli La Bufala, central London

Music is such an important part of my business. It’s a relief to know how easy it is to find out what licence or licences you may need by law to play music in a business or public place…Obviously this place would be dead if we didn't play music - we probably wouldn't get any customers if we didn't!

Therese Grethe, General Manager at Waxy O'Connors pub in Glasgow, Scotland

As the government continues to acknowledge our world-leading music industry there is a growing understanding of the value of music within the business community as a driver for an enhanced business environment. We hope that this film can help to promote a further awareness of licensing so that performers and record companies are properly rewarded and can continue to create the music that we all enjoy listening to.

Christine Geissmar, Operations Director, PPL

We hope that the business community will find the video a helpful resource in showing how music can be used to benefit their company whilst also educating those who are responsible for the legal affairs of the organisation on music licencing requirements.

Paul Clements, Director of Public Performance Sales, PRS for Music

PPL and PRS for Music have a long term commitment to working together, and have a number of joint initiatives in place to assist businesses in acquiring licences. In addition to the new educational video, both companies can be seen together at various business trade shows throughout the country.

PRS for Music and PPL logos

For further information and press enquiries, please contact:


Nazneen Nawaz, PPL - 0207 534 1121 / 0783464526 /

Stefania Pavlou, PPL - 0207 534 1018 /

PRS for Music

Olivia Chapman, PRS for Music - 020 7306 4229 /

About PPL

Established in 1934 PPL is a not for profit company which licenses recorded music for broadcast, online and public performance use on behalf of 11,500 record company and 79,000 performer members. In 2013 the company distributed revenues of £152.2m, ensuring that all those who invest their time and talent in making recorded music are paid fairly for their work. PPL income becomes increasingly significant to its members as the industry continues to evolve and when licensing generally is becoming a more prominent part of their overall revenues.

The company also operates an International service used by many of its members. Through 68 reciprocal agreements in place with Collective Management Organisations (CMOs) in 34 countries, the company ensures that they receive revenue when their recordings are used around the world. @PPLUK

About PRS for Music

Here for music since 1914, PRS for Music is a world-leading music collective management organisation representing the rights of more than 175,000 talented songwriters, composers and music publishers. Redefining the global standard for music royalties, PRS for Music ensures songwriters and composers are paid whenever their musical compositions and songs are streamed, downloaded, broadcast, performed and played in public. 

For 110 years it has grown and protected the rights of the music creator community, paying out royalties with more accuracy, transparency and speed. In 2023, PRS for Music paid out £943.6m in royalties and collected a record £1.08 billion in revenues.

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