Music Licensing – PPL/PRS

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In almost all cases, if you play  music in your gymnastics club you will require a PPL licence as well as a PRS for Music licence.  This could be playing music from a radio station, using music for training from CDs or if you have a TV in your viewing area or gym — 

Previously the two licences were separate but there is now a joint licence that covers both requirements for the playing of recorded music within amateur sports clubs.

British Gymnastics holds an annual Dubbing Licence, that all clubs are included in,  which covers the replication of music only.  Put simply that is the transferring of a music track from one medium to another i.e. taking a track from a cd and putting into the online entry system or usb drive to enable the track to be used.  This only really relates to the use of music at competitions, and the competition organiser will cover the playing of the music at competitions (which also requires a PPL/PRS licence), usually as part of the venue agreement.

The Dubbing Licence DOES NOT cover the playing of the track during training or performance or at your club. The actual playing of music should be covered by a separate PPL/PRS licence of the venue that is playing it, be that a club, leisure centre or school. 

For more information on licence requirements for your club please visit the PPL/PRS website by clicking here

Use of previously prohibited tracks

There have been some changes to what you can and can’t use.  the To check if a specific track is permitted please use the following link to the PPL UK website by clicking here.

If a specific track is not included within the listed tracks the club/team would have to apply directly to Walt Disney, Andrew Lloyd Webber or Cirque du Soleil to gain permission to use the track, however there is likely to be a cost involved.

To help clarify the PPL and PRS licensing we have compiled a selection of Frequently Asked Questions below:

FAQ

  1. What is PPL/PRS?
  2. Do I need a licence?
  3. We use music for our routine, do I need a licence?
  4. What is the definition of 'playing recorded music in public'?
  5. What clubs are eligible for the new joint license?
  6. How much will it cost?
  7. More information

1. What is PPL/PRS?

PPL collects and distributes fees for the use of recorded music on behalf of record companies and performers. PRS for Music collects and distributes fees for the use of musical compositions (including lyrics) on behalf of songwriters, composers and music publishers.

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2. Do I need a licence?

In almost all cases, if you use recorded music in your gymnastics club such as playing a radio station, CDs or TV — you will require a PPL licence as well as a PRS for Music licence.

Gymnastic clubs using recorded music e.g. CDs, MP3s, radio or TV, will now require a PPL licence as well as a PRS for Music licence. PPL and PRS for Music are working together to offer a joint licence, available through PPL, as a simple solution to amateur sports clubs’ music licensing requirements. 

PRS for Music previously licensed clubs when using its licence for members’ clubs (Tariff JMC), but has introduced a new joint licence with PPL specifically created for clubs (Tariff AMS). The new joint licence is easier to administer with a new licence fee structure that we expect will also reduce the PRS for Music fees paid by many clubs.

Please note that a PPL licence is not required if an amateur sports club only features live bands, or in the unlikely event that the recorded music played is not controlled by PPL. A PRS for Music licence is not required in the unlikely event that the gymnastics club only plays music, either recorded or live, which is not controlled by PRS for Music. 

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3. We use music for our routines, do I need a licence?

Yes.  If you play any music in your club for training routines you will need a licence, whether that is for competitions or displays and festivals.

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4. What is the definition of 'playing recorded music in public'?

A PPL licence is required when recorded music, including radio and TV, is played in public. There is no statutory definition of 'playing in public' (also sometimes referred to as 'public performance') but the UK courts have given guidance on its meaning and ruled that it is any playing of music outside of a domestic setting – so, for example, playing recorded music at a workplace, public event or in the course of any business activities is considered to be 'playing in public'. In contrast, any recorded music being played as part of domestic home life or when there is an audience entirely comprised of friends and/or family (such as at a private family party) does not require a PPL licence. 

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5. What clubs are eligible for the new joint license?

The new joint licence applies to all registered Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) and those clubs that are otherwise eligible under HMRC guidance which currently includes the following:

1) are non-profit making, i.e. any surplus income is re-invested into the club;

2) are open to the whole community, i.e. anyone can join irrespective of age, race, religion and gender;

3) the amateur sports club fees must not represent a significant obstacle to membership, i.e. the annual fee or joining fee should not mean that some people cannot afford to join; and

4) provide access to an eligible sport (as listed in the tariff appendix).

Further details can be found here

To apply for a licence click here

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6. How much will it cost?

PL licence fees are calculated as follows:

Background Music

  • For gymnastic clubs without a social area or with up to 75 members: £37.50 per annum (subject to annual adjustment for inflation)
  • For every additional 25 members £12.50 to a maximum fee of £250 per annum

Specially Featured Entertainment (Discos, DJ events, etc)

  • Unlimited events per annum; £18.56 per 25 members
  • One off events; £1.13 per 25 persons capacity

PRS for Music licence fees will be calculated as follows: (subject to a minimum fee of £43.50 or £15 for one-off events)

Background Music

  • For gymnastic clubs without a social area or with up to 75 members: £37.50 per annum (subject to annual adjustment for inflation)
  • For every additional 25 members £12.50 to a maximum fee of £250 per annum

Featured Music (Live Music, Discos, DJ Events, Karaoke, etc)

  • Unlimited events per annum; £18.56 per 25 members
  • One off events; £1.13 per 25 persons capacity

Other uses of music may attract additional fees.  The full details of the PPL and PRS for Music joint licence for amateur sports clubs can be found at www.ppluk.com/asc. For sites that use a jukebox, the PRS for Music fee will be incorporated in their background music fees as part of the new joint licence. PPL will continue to licence this usage through the jukebox operator or directly where applicable.

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7. More Information

PPL and PRS for Music’s joint licence for amateur sports clubs. If you have any queries that are not covered in the FAQs, please click here or call PPL on 020 7534 1100 or email asc@ppluk.com 

PPL - www.ppluk.com/asc 

PRS for Music - www.prsformusic.com/amateursportsclubs 

To apply for a licence click here. 

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