What is Royalty Free Music?

When you play music in public i.e. in your Pilates class, studio reception, shop or restaurant etc. you need a licence – you pay for this licence or licences so that the musicians, performers, publishers and record companies can receive their ‘royalty’ payments. The agencies that collect these fees have different names in different countries. In the UK they are called PPL and PRS. They are two separate companies who, whilst, carrying out similar functions operate independently; represent different rights holders; and have separate tariffs, terms and conditions.

PLEASE NOTE – YOU DO NOT NEED THESE LICENCES IF YOU ONLY PLAY MUSIC BY DAVGAR

PPL

THIS TARIFF IS EFFECTIVE FROM 01-MAY-11 TO 30-APR-12

NOTES: For the public use of sound recordings as an accompaniment to aerobics/keep fit/spinning, aquarobics and similar exercise classes.

Importantly you will need to provide the name and address of each instructor. Additionally, you need to state the number of classes they teach each week. To arrive at the level of licence fee that is to be charged you must state the number of weeks per annum that the teaching takes place.

You should provide the start date for these events to enable us to calculate the start period for your licence.

£85.98 Up to 200 Classes per Annum

£171.96 Over 200 Classes per Annum

PRS

For aerobic, keep fit and dancing classes, the charge per class is as follows:

for rooms/studios/pools with a capacity* up to 30 persons

Standard royalty £1.37 per class

for rooms/studios/pools with a capacity* over 30 persons

For workshops, demonstrations or other tuition classes with music the charge per event is Standard royalty £1.71 per class

This is a rough guide to the fees you could possibly be paying to PPL and PRS (PRS is particularly complicated and notice fees paid are per class!) To assess the fees you should be paying click on the PPL and PRS links provided.

PPL (www.ppluk.com) collects and distributes money for the use of recorded music, on behalf of record companies and performers.

PRS (www.prsformusic.com) for music collects and distributes money for the use of music and lyrics on behalf of songwriters, composers and publishers.

PLAYING MUSIC IN PUBLIC LEGALLY REQUIRES YOU TO OBTAIN BOTH LICENCES – BUT NOT IF YOU PLAY OUR MUSIC

 

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