If you play (non royalty free) music on your premises for staff and customers, through theradio, TV, CD, computer speakers or MP3or playmusic on holdon your phone system, the chances are, you need a licence to do so.
The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 states that playing music through such channels to staff or customers is deemed to be apublic performanceand you must get permission from the copyright holder to play it.
On 26th February 2018 thePerforming Rights Society (PRS) and Phonographic Performance Ltd (PPL),the UK's two music collecting societies, joined forces to set upPPL PRS Ltd to combine their licencing activities.
This transition will mean you only have to apply for asingle licence THEMUSICLICENCE,instead of the two licences previously required.
There are great benefits of playingmusic on holdto your customers to keep them engaged on the phone whilst waiting and we all know that music significantly enhances the atmosphere in a waiting room or workplace and of course, it's only fair that the musicians get paid for their work.
We are aware that random checks are regularly made by the licencing bodies, so please be warned and ensure you have the necessary licence in place, as penalities are very steep.