It is important that customers have an easy, efficient and transparent experience in obtaining a music licence. PRS for Music and PPL are dedicated to improving the experience. Visit this page to find out how we work together.
PPL and PRS for music are two separate collective management organisations (CMOs). PPL collects and distributes money on behalf of performers and record companies for the use of their recorded music. PRS for Music collects and distributes money on behalf of songwriters, composers and music publishers, for the use of their musical compositions and lyrics.
Make sure you are correctly licensed to play music
The law protects music rights in different ways; this means that businesses and organisations playing recorded music in public (whether live or via CDs, radio/TV broadcasts, background music systems or other sources) will usually need to obtain a licence from both PPL and PRS for Music.
Playing music in public without the appropriate licences in place is copyright infringement and is unfair not only to the members (performers, record companies, songwriters, composers and music publishers) of each of PPL and PRS for Music who are legally entitled to a fair payment for the use of their work, but also to the many other businesses and organisations playing music who have obtained those licences.
The cost of a PPL licence and a PRS for Music licence can depend on several factors, such as business type, the size of your business, and how you use music in your business.
Watch our short film featuring small business owners from across the UK, who simply explain how they obtained their PPL and PRS for Music licences and speak of the benefits that music has brought to their businesses.
PPL and PRS for Music often commission research into the value of music into the business environment through their joint initiative MusicWorks; results show that increased sales, productivity and staff motivation are just some of the benefits that music can bring.
PPL and PRS for Music have a long term commitment to working together, and have a number of joint initiatives in place to help make licensing easier. In addition to the new educational video, both companies can be seen together at various business trade shows throughout the country to promote the benefits that music can bring to local businesses and the need for a licence. Find out more about PPL and PRS for Music below.
PPL is the UK-based music licensing company that licenses recorded music played in public or broadcast on the radio or TV and then distributes the licence fees to its performer and record company members. Established in 1934, PPL carries out this role on behalf of tens of thousands of members.
We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help explain more about when a PPL licence is (and is not) required, the applicable legal requirements, how our licensing works, how to get licensed, and more.
Read our FAQs
PRS for Music
PRS for Music was established in 1914 and is a membership organisation consisting of over 100,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. It licences the use of its members’ musical compositions and lyrics when they are played in public, broadcast on the radio or TV, used on the internet or copied onto physical products such as CDs or DVDs.
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