PRS for Music secures new blanket licence with BBC

Andy Harrower, Director of Licensing, PRS for Music: “This is an important deal for PRS for Music and for our members."

PRS for Music has successfully secured brand new licences with the BBC. The new deal will ensure the continued flow of PRS and MCPS royalties to its members from the BBC’s TV, radio and online services.

The new licences cover: the BBC’s public service television, radio and online services in the UK, BBC World Service and arrangements are in place for BBC Studios to continue to exploit their programmes around the world under commercial licences.

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This is an important deal for PRS for Music and for our members. We have enjoyed a long relationship with the BBC and are pleased to have agreed terms which ensure that PRS and MCPS members continue to be fairly rewarded whenever their music is used on the BBC’s television, radio and on-demand services.

Andy Harrower, Director of Licensing, PRS for Music
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The BBC is happy to have secured terms with PRS and MCPS to agree music rights across all of its public services.  The agreement means that the BBC is able to deliver its popular and much-loved content to audiences in ways in which they enjoy, whilst providing value for money for the BBC licence fee payers.  The PRS and MCPS are valued partners to the BBC and we recognise the value that their members’ music brings to the BBC. There is an overwhelming consensus within the UK music industry that the BBC is hugely committed to music.  Our support via BBC Music Introducing, the eight-week BBC Proms season, our radio networks, the launch of BBC Sounds, as well as our commitment to music TV, makes the BBC a unique partner to the UK music industry. We look forward to working together once again with the PRS and MCPS in the years to come.


Nicky Bignell, Head of Music Licensing, BBC

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 it works to ensure that creators are paid whenever their musical compositions and songs are streamed, downloaded, broadcast, performed and played in public. With over 100 representation agreements in place globally, PRS for Music's network represents over two million music creators worldwide. In 2017, 6.6 trillion performances of music were reported to PRS for Music with £717m collected on behalf of its members, making it one of the world’s leading music collective management organisations.

PRS for Music’s public performance licensing is now carried out on PRS for Music’s behalf by PPL PRS Ltd, the new joint venture between PPL and PRS for Music.