So we started off by intro-ing PPL, but their partnership with PRS (Performing Right Society) is equally important. PRS is a British music copyright collective that is actually made up of two different copyright entities – PRS and another organisation, known as MCPS ( Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society).
PRS was formed in 1997 when both companies joined together, having a similar role to PPL.
PRS represents their songwriters, music publishers, record companies, and music composers, collecting royalties on their behalf. The royalties they collect include music that’s performed or played in public, as well as music that’s physically or digitally produced, such as CDs or digital MP3 downloads.
The PPL PRS merger
In 2018, PPL and PRS merged to offer one single music licence. In the past, both organisations offered their own separate licences, with businesses sometimes needing to purchase both in order to play music legally in public. The new company is based in Leicester and was created to provide an easier, more streamlined service, simplifying the process of playing music in public.
The joint licence is simply called TheMusicLicence, with each organisation licensing different sets of rights when referring to copyrighted music.
PPL PRS collect royalties from the people that buy TheMusicLicense, with PPL distributing their share of the money collected to the record labels and performers involved. PRS distributes their royalties slightly differently, giving them to people that have created musical compositions and lyrics, such as publishers, songwriters and composers.
How much does TheMusicLicence cost?
The cost of TheMusicLicence depends on a number of factors, including where you want to play music, the venue type, and how your chosen music will be used – for example, if you want to use it as background music or if you’d like to use the tracks more directly. Music licence fees can vary hugely, so this is something you need to research before committing to the purchase.
An individual music tariff will be quoted by both PPL and PRS despite the licence being co-produced by both companies. For more information about what your licence may cost, it’s worth contacting PPL PRS directly.
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