BBC Prior Approval process

Blanket licence

We have granted the BBC a blanket licence which covers them for the use of MCPS/PRS repertoire on non-commercial public service activities including TV, Radio and Online services (e.g. iPlayer).

This agreement covers the vast majority of uses. However, some restrictions apply where the BBC is required to obtain your approval, shown in the tables below.

PRS / BBC Public Service Blanket Licence 

These are the areas where the BBC must obtain your permission before using your music.

Area

Definition

Instances of Prior Approval required

Signature
Music
for
Television
programmes
Music used as part of any one or more of
the following:
a) the main title sequence for a television programme;
b) any end credits relating to a television programme; or
c) any links into or out of advertisements
Commercial Music used as Signature Music in three or more episodes in a television programme series
Dramatico-Musical Works
A ballet, opera, operetta, musical, musical play or work of a similar nature which consists of words and music written specifically for that dramatico-musical work
Excerpts of Dramatico-Musical works longer than 20 minutes in duration
Premium-Tier Generic Station Promotions
(GSP)
Non-programme material which is produced primarily to promote the BBC brand, the TV licence fee, or a specific platform (e.g. Freeview)
Commercial Music
Context of Use
Music used in one or more of the following contexts:
a) in the form of a parody or burlesque
b) in any manner which is likely to or
causes the public to believe that a
Commercial Work (or the composer(s)
thereof) is endorsing or promoting any
product or service
c) in any context which a reasonable
person ought reasonably to consider
as being likely to be prejudicial to the
public standing of the composer
Commercial Music and
Production Music
Adaptations
By way of example:
a) arrangement of music
b) alteration to lyrics
c) music use with lyrics other than that
written to be used with the music 
Commercial Music and
Production Music
Mobile Phone
Ringtones
Short audio only recording made to notify user of oncoming telephone call or message on mobile telephone
Commercial Music and
Production Music
Creative
Archive
BBC content made available to the public to use for their own non commercial creative endeavours
Commercial Music

MCPS / BBC Worldwide Commercial Licence

These are the areas where the BBC must obtain your permission before using your music.
Area Definition Instances of Prior Approval required
TV Programme Sales

On a trial basis from 1 July 2016 until 31 December 2016, music used in TV Programmes sold to broadcasters and other third parties in the USA and Canada

For the avoidance of doubt, prior approval is not required for “in-context” uses of North American originating Commercial Music, e.g. live performances

North American originating Commercial Music
DVD Sales Music used in TV programmes sold in the USA and Canada North American originating Commercial Music
Download-to-Own (DTO) Sales On a trial basis from 1 July 2016 until 31 December 2016, music used in TV Programmes sold in the USA and Canada Non-UK originating Commercial Music