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 the PRS Licence and PPL Licence. They now operate under the banner of TheMusicLicence.

If you are playing licenced music in your business you are legally required to purchase a PRS PPL Music Licence. If you don’t hold a licence a 50% charge is added to the cost when you do take up a licence. This is for the first year only.

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.

When You Are Playing Music in Your Business You Have Two Options.

Option 1: Commercial/ Licensed Music

If you opt to play licenced music, such as what you hear on the radio, CD or popular playlists. You are legally required to purchase a Music Licence to do this. Typically prices will start of in the region of £300 – £400 per site for locations which range between 100 – 200 SQM. This 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 background music provider to save time when it comes to curating playlists and selecting music that fits your brand and customers.

If you do opt to play commercial music it’s worth noting that you cannot use Spotify or Apple Music to stream music in your business. These cannot be used in a commercial/business setting. They are for personal use only.

You will want your music to evolve and stay fresh. You may have a specific style or genre that fits your business but it’s important to update your sound on a regular basis.

Option 2: Licence Free Music

Also referred to as royalty free music. This is music that can be played legally without the need to purchase a PRS PPL Music Licence. You can do this as the artists used are not registered with them as royalty collection agencies. If you want to read more about the licence you can check out our blog post on the subject where we go into more detail.

This enables businesses to play the music without the PRS PPL Music Licence. From a new artist perspective, this provides a 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. This makes a huge difference when it comes to reducing costs in a business.

Licence Free Music – how do we do it?

Background Sounds works with an international licensing agency to provide the very best in royalty free (licence free) music for businesses. With music cleared for use around the world and with access to a wide variety of genres you can be sure we have something for you.

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

Free Music Trial

We offer every customer a free 7 day trial. That way you can be confident that what we have to offer enhances your business. The trial provides access to the entire playlist library and updates published 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.

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