Yes! Royalty-Free Music Is Your PRS Licence Loophole.

If you’re looking for a way to play music in your business without the need to buy a PRS PPL Music Licence.  You’re in the right place. Royalty-free music is a PRS Licence loophole that’s perfect for small businesses.

We’re Background Sounds and we specialise in supplying royalty-free music.  That’s music you can play in your business without buying a PRS PPL Music Licence. 

Swapping to using a royalty-free service can save you £100s every year.

What Is Royalty-Free Music?

Whilst there’s no PRS licence loophole that enables businesses to play commercial music without a PRS PPL Music Licence.  You can play royalty-free music without one. This is because PRS and PPL (who operate The Music Licence) do not collect royalties for royalty-free music. In our case, the artists we use are paid via a music licensing company.

For a huge number of business owners, royalty-free provides the perfect solution.  In providing a way for them to legally play music without the expense of a PRS PPL Music Licence.

Who Uses Royalty-Free Music?

Any business can play royalty-free music. Here’s a snapshot of the types of businesses currently using our service to give you an idea.

  • Cafes | Coffee Shops | Bakeries
  • Restaurants | Hotels
  • Activity Centres | Skate Parks |Gyms
  • Dentists | Doctors | Beauty Centres
  • Shops
  • Hairdressers

What Genres of Music Does Royalty Free Offer?

With a good royalty-free provider you can expect to be offered a large selection of genres.  In our case, we’re partnered with an international music licensing agency.  Called Amurco Music Ltd they work with artists all over the world. This means we’re able to offer our customers a wide and growing range of genres and subgenres.

Current genres covered in our music library include…

  • Pop | Easy Listening | Folk
  • Jazz | Soul | Lounge & Chill
  • Indie| Rock |Country
  • Latin | Bossa | Reggae
  • Dance | Electronic |House
  • Classical | Instrumental
  • Ambient

PRS Licence Loophole – How Do I Get Royalty-Free Music?

As specialists, we recommend you use an established business to supply this music.  This will give you peace of mind.

  • That the music you are using is definitely royalty-free. 
  • That confirmation can be supplied by the provider to PRS/PPL

Lovely Atmosphere

It has helped to create a lovely atmosphere for our customers to shop in and for our staff and volunteers to work in.

Victoria Canavan

Head of Retail - Prospect Hospice

Love Mixing it Up

My team have become mini DJ’s as they love mixing up the music to suit the mood in the salon and the weather outside.

Nikki Froud

Nikki Froud Hairdressing

Love it!

Background Sounds is 100% perfect for my fitness business. Royalty-free playlists for every type of class, mood and energy level. From chilled out yoga to high energy techno! Love it 🙂

Soozi Kay

Soozi Kay Pole & Yoga

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Need a little more guidance or have questions? We’re a lovely bunch and will happily chat with business owners about using royalty-free music.


Background Sounds is a specialist provider of royalty-free music. We work with small businesses looking to play music without the need to buy a PRS PPL Music Licence. You can find out more about the service we offer here.