Music for Cafes – Play Music Without a PRS/PPL Music Licence!

The number of cafes and coffee shops in the UK is expected to exceed over 32,000 by 2023 ( It’s never been more important to ensure the music you pick for your cafe is right. But it doesn’t have to cost the earth!

You can play royalty free music in your cafe. When you do this you don’t need to buy a PRS /PPL Music Licence and the savings can be huge when you make this switch. The great news is, we specialise in royalty free music for cafes!

Royalty Free Music for Cafes

Here at Background Sounds, we work with an international music licensing company. They work with artists all over the world to source the highest quality royalty free music.  Their music is heard in over 10,000 stores worldwide.

All of the tracks we use are royalty free. This means the PRS and PPL collection agencies do not collect royalties for the artists we use. Instead, they get paid via the music licensing agency.

On average we save customers 50 – 80% when compared to the cost of the Music Licence.

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

How Much Do We Cost?

Access to our royalty free playlist library is on a subscription basis. You have two choices and both provide you with …

  • High-quality royalty free music
  • Monthly new music updates
  • Access to all new playlists added
  • Confirmation of royalty free subscription if requested
  • Customer support team when you need any help
Pricing for royalty-free music subscription for cafes

The Background Sounds Music Player

A web-based streaming platform. The Background Sounds Music Player provides access to our playlist library.  This is where you can browse and select the best playlist for your cafe.

You can access the player via a PC, laptop, mobile phone, or tablet device. Stream via your speakers.

Devices and playlist library

The Playlist Library

Along with great royalty free music, delivered to you as playlists the library also provides you with:

Tempo Indicators

Low, mid, or high or tempo indicators. Will help you pick the right pace of your music to create the perfect atmosphere.

Genre Tabs 

These tabs enable you to filter playlists by genre and mood. So you can review those of interest that best suit your cafe.

Sector Tabs

The cafe and coffee shop sector tab gives you a list of our top playlist recommendations. Picked exclusively for cafes.

Try Before You Buy!

The music you play is important and it has to be right. That’s why we offer every customer a free 7-days to listen to our playlists. It’s a great way to explore royalty free music for your business and it’s hassle-free! 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


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Music for Cafes – suggested reading

To find out more about the legal side of playing music in your cafe. Check out these articles…

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.

This post was last updated 17th May 2022.