The Best Music Licence Alternative- Royalty-Free Music

Playing background music in your business doesn’t have to cost the earth when there’s a great alternative to the music licence. You can play royalty-free music in your business without a PRS PPL music licence and start saving on the cost of your background music.

⭐️ It is important to ensure you are using a reputable supplier that can confirm your music is licensed as royalty-free and you have permission to use it in your business ⭐️

You can skip to find out more about how to ensure you’re legally playing royalty-free music here.

Royalty-Free Music Specialists – Music Licence Alternative

We’re Background Sounds and we supply royalty-free music to all types of businesses across the UK. In this post, we’re going to answer the top questions on royalty-free music so you can make an informed decision on if it’s a good alternative to the music licence for your business.

What Is Royalty-Free Music?

It’s music you can play in your business without buying a PRS PPL Music Licence. This is because the artists (copyright holders) do not have their royalties collected by PRS and PPL. Instead, they’re paid by a music licensing agency.

Artists choose to do this because a licensing company provides more ways to monetise their work such as background music for adverts, video games, and podcasts.

Is Royalty-Free Music Free to Use?

No, the term royalty-free means free of royalty, not free of charge. It’s a type of music licensing that does not need the PRS and PPL to collect royalties for the copyright holder. There is still a charge to use royalty-free music but it’s substantially lower than paying PRS PPL making it a fantastic alternative to the music licence.

Many of our customers have saved £1000’s swapping to royalty-free! You can check out how much a subscription is to Background Sounds here.

Royalty-Free Music – Make Sure it’s Legal!

As a business owner, it’s important to ensure the royalty-free music you play in your business is not only of the highest quality but is indeed royalty-free and legal for you to use.

How do you do this?

A reputable supplier of royalty-free music will be happy to provide you with confirmation that the music is royalty-free and legally sourced. In most cases, this is provided in the form of a confirmation email or certificate.

Using a reputable and established provider of royalty-free music will give you not only peace of mind that the music you’re playing is legal but also…

  • Higher-quality of music
  • Access to the very latest royalty-free tracks
  • A wider selection of genres and playlists to choose from
  • Regular playlist updates and refreshes without you having to do a thing!
Certificate of royalty-free music subscription

Certificate of Subscription

We’re happy to email our customers a certificate of subscription to our royalty-free service. Just ask!

Alternative to the Music Licence – Does Royalty-Free Music Mean Lower Quality?

Not at all! Over the last decade thanks to the rise of gaming and YouTube videos the demand for royalty-free music has surged. Now more and more artists, musicians and composers are choosing to monetise their work this way. The result is an impressive increase quality of music and also the range of genres now covered. The days of royalty-free music sounding like 80s lift music has long gone!

Alternative to the Music Licence – Background Sounds

As a specialist provider of royalty-free background music, we pride ourselves on offering an array of playlists covering a variety of genres, styles and tempos.

Our easy-access streaming service is designed to give you a superb selection of high-quality royalty-free playlists. There are 40 available covering in excess of 15 genres! We add new ones throughout the year and even have Christmas music 🎄

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40 Royalty-Free Playlists

A subscription to Background Sounds gives you unlimited access to our playlist library. Here you will find a wide variety of playlists covering a great selection of genes and styles.

For Subscription Packages – click here

You’re able to stream the playlist of your choice using your mobile, tablet, PC or Laptop. Set up is quick and easy, the hardest part is picking a playlist, you’ll be spoilt for choice!

Try Before You Buy!

We offer every customer a free 7-day trial of our service. It’s a great risk-free way to try royalty-free music in your business! You don’t have to add your card details and there’s no hard sell from us. What are you waiting for?

Click here to get your free trial started


If you’re unsure whether you need a PRS PPL Music Licence we recommend reading – Do I Need a Music Licence?

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Background Sounds is a specialist provider of royalty-free music. Working with small businesses looking to play music without the need to buy a PRS PPL Music Licence.

The service is offered via online streaming and can be accessed when you take a subscription. You can find out all you need to know on our home page here.