TV royalties

We pay royalties for the use of our members' music on TV through licensing agreements with broadcasters, including the BBC, Sky, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5.

How we calculate

To track what’s played and when, we use two methods:

  • Pay-per-play
  • Representative samples

For both, the value of each play is dependent on the annual revenue received from each channel, the amount of music being played on each channel for the year and the length of time your work is used for. 

Prime-time weighting

There is a higher royalty rate for music that’s broadcast at peak times on TV between 6pm and 11pm.  This is twice as much as the rate for music use at all other times.

TV rate checker

Check the per-minute royalty rates that apply to distributions from TV broadcasters.