Do I need a Licence?

This is a question lots of people ask us when they are thinking about playing music in their business. And the simple answer is Yes. If you use, play or listen to recorded music in your business or organisation, the chances are you need a music licence.

Under The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, permission is needed from the relevant copyright holders – those people who create music – in order to play or perform music in public.

Obtaining TheMusicLicence gives you this permission, in relation to the vast majority of commercially available music. This ranges from grassroots and independent artists and composers through to the biggest names in the business.

It means you don’t have to spend your time and energy contacting potentially hundreds of thousands of rights holders individually to get permission to play or perform their music in your business.

Instead of obtaining an MSB2B Licence in addition to TheMusicLicence it is possible to pay a monthly subscription to providers of licenced music for business i.e. Perfect Octave.

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Public transmission or performance, including playback of music in a commercial environment or business is not allowed unless the licences have been purchased.

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