Music licensing company mixes up tariff for small hotels & guesthouses


The changes will come into effect on 1st January 2017 and are the product of a consultation that was launched earlier in the year with licensees and trade bodies to discuss a revised tariff to cover playing background music in public areas and the supply of music to guest bedrooms. 

The original tariff was introduced over 25 years ago and the changes have been brought in to make sure that the tariff remains as fair as possible and helps to support smaller premises, whilst reflecting change and clarification in the law.

Owners or managers of small residential hotels or guesthouses will now be able to purchase a licence from PPL to cover the use of background music in communal areas for £66.56 plus VAT.

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A PPL licence is required when most recorded music is played in public, including through a TV set or radio. A licence to cover the supply of music to hotel bedrooms will cost £50.33 plus VAT or alternatively, a combined single licence can be purchased for £117 plus VAT.

Businesses will only be charged for the licence that is appropriate to their specific needs and PPL’s licensing support team is on hand to offer advice and guide licensees through the process.

The scope of the tariff has now been amended so that it only applies to hotels with 15 bedrooms or fewer.

Any hotel or guesthouse playing recorded music that falls within PPL’s repertoire with up to 15 bedrooms and with facilities only available to resident guests will be required to secure a Small Residential Hotels and Guesthouses licence.

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