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PRS PPL so what's the difference

PPL & PRS - so what's the difference?

We get so many calls from shop owners, restaurants and beauty salons asking the question ' what is PRS?' and 'what is PPL?' and how come I have to pay a licence to both organisations when playing music in my business. Some have been happily paying PPL unaware that they should pay both and then get the call out of the blue and a demand to pay for the PRS licence too. Most business owners are shocked when they receive this call, saying that they now owe money to PRS and PPL and seem confused that they must pay both.

OK let's try and simplify things. If you play copyrighted commercial music or play the radio in your business workplace then you are liable to pay PRS and PPL. However there is an alternative. It seems a lot of business owners are unaware of this alternative and don't realise it's NOT a legal requirement to pay these licences unless you are playing the latest chart hits. You can select music from our NON PRS PPL range and no longer pay either PRS or PPL. This choice does exist but it is not well advertised and most business owners are delighted to have discovered our services and happily spread the word. It's not like a TV licence. However if you are playing Robbie Williams or Adele in your business then make sure you have both a PRS and PPL licence in place.

Paying these licence fees is fine if you are a big high street chain with huge budgets but if you are a small business this can be an expensive annual cost. The licence fee will depend on the size of your business and can be a big drain on your cashflow.

So why do you need to pay both. Well PRS covers the composers and lyricists of the music you play in a public space and PPL covers the actual recordings of the music you play i.e the musicians who play on the music need rewarding when the music is played even though they did not compose the music. Musicians and composers have an option to join PRS or PPL and then receive royalties from all the monies collected on their behalf. For most i.e the top 1% of musicians and composers who are lucky enough to get chart success and fame it would certainly pay to join both PRS and PPL and watch the royalties pour in. However in reality most composers never see this amount of success and receive little in the way of royalties.

So you don't have to be a member of PRS or PPL and some of our composers have decided not to join and receive more money direct from us based on sales of our PPL PRS free music and our royalty free music

The choice is yours.

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