When you play music in your business, you need to think about two different fees. The first fee covers the rights to stream music in a commercial setting. This fee also makes caching possible, giving you the possibility to temporarily store the music content to lessen the traffic on the network. When you subscribe to Soundtrack Business, we use part of your subscription fee to pay record labels, artists and publishers for that first right.
The second fee covers the public performance right, which you need to pay if you play music from a radio, a CD player, or from a streaming service like ours. This fee is not included in the subscription fee (unless you're located in the U.S and Canada, see below) but needs to be paid separately to your country's collecting societies.
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U.S. and Canada
For businesses in the U.S and Canada, the fee for performance rights is usually included in your Soundtrack Business subscription. This means businesses in the U.S. and Canada don't have to pay additional public performance fees to the collecting societies such as ASCAP, BMI, SESAC and SOCAN.
However, there are a few exceptions. If you play music in a business that offers any of the following, you should contact your local collecting society to learn more:
- Physical activity such as a dance studio, fitness class, trampoline park, roller/ice skating or rock-n-bowl
- Playing music from another source separate from ours such as karaoke, live DJ or jukebox
- If you charge an admission fee, subscriber fee or similar charge
- Retransmission of music over video, live stream or recordings
The fee for public performance rights is not included in the subscription fee and needs to be paid separately to your country's collecting societies PRS and PPL. Contact PRS and PPL directly for more information.
APRA and AMCOS provide licenses covering the copyright of songs and PPCA provides licenses covering the recording of songs. These fees are not included in the Soundtrack Business subscription and needs to be paid separately to each collecting society.
The fee for public performance rights is not included in the subscription fee and needs to be paid separately to your country's collecting societies. Contact your country’s collecting society, which represents the rights holders for public performance, for more information.
If you want more information about music rights and our service, check out our General Terms and Conditions and the sections entitled “Terms and Conditions Relating to Rights Holders” and “Public Performance and Royalty Payments.”