Interested in finding out how much the music licence cost is for your business? Use the below calculator to work out the music licence cost for your entire estate.

Calculating the cost

The below calculator focuses on what is defined as music for shops, stores, showrooms and wholesale warehouses.

The Calculator combines the music licence cost for both the PRS Licence and PPL Licence which now operate under the banner of The Music Licence.

If you are playing licenced music in your business, then you are required to purchase a music licence. If you have been playing music in your business and don’t hold a licence then a 50% charge is added to the cost.

There are many different tariffs for playing music in different types of business.

If you want to explore tariffs for other types of businesses, you can view them here.

*Audible area is the area of the premises, measured wall to wall, to which the public is admitted and music is audible, plus any outdoor areas if applicable

* Prices are correct for the period from the period 1st Jan 2021 – 31st Dec 2021 according to PRS/PPL tariffs.

Music Licence calculator for shops

When you are playing music in your business you have two options.

Option 1: Licenced Music

The first option is to purchase the music licence, typically prices will start of in the region of £300 – £400 per site for locations which range between 100 – 200 SQM. Which is roughly the size of a typical UK convenience store.

For large Department Stores and Supermarkets, costs will run into the thousands per location.

Delivery of the music is another item to consider, most businesses will use a provider for several reasons.

Firstly, you can’t just use Spotify or Apple music as these platforms are for personal use only and therefore can’t be used in a commercial setting.

Secondly, you wan’t your music to evolve and stay fresh, although you may have a specific style or genre that fits your business you still need to update your sound on a regular basis.

Option 2: Licence Free Music

The second option is to use licence free music, also referred to as royalty free or rights inclusive. The musicians are paid directly from the service provider for the right to use their music.

This enables businesses to play the music without the PRS PPL music licence. From a new artist perspective this provides great opportunity for exposure and income. From a user perspective it can represent significant savings for their business. Depending on your size savings can range from 60-90%.

The quality and diversity of music on offer is at an all time high and with prices in the region of £150 per annum it can make a huge difference when it comes to reducing costs in a business.

If you want to know more about the legal side of things then you can check out our blog post on the subject where we go into more detail.

Licence Free Music – how do we do it?

Background Sounds works with an international licencing agency to provide the very best in licence free music for businesses.

With music cleared for use around the world and with access to over 70,000 tracks, you can be sure we have something for you.

On average we save our customers 60 – 90% when compared to the cost of the music licence.


We offer every customer a free 7 day trial so you can be confident that what we have to offer enhances your business. The trial provides access to the entire playlist library and any updates we publish during that time.

The playlist library contains a wide variety of genres from pop and indie tracks through to jazz, classical piano and country. Tracks are built into playlists so you can simply click play and relax.

Every playlist comes with a tempo indicator and a brief description to guide your choice. You can click below and create your free trial account in a few clicks.

Legal Disclaimer: Background Sounds LTD is not responsible for any errors or omissions, or for the results obtained from the use of this information. All information in this site is provided “as is”, with no guarantee of completeness, accuracy, timeliness or of the results obtained from the use of this information