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PPL PRS Ltd is a new joint venture between the UK's two music licensing societies – PPL and PRS for Music.

If you are an existing PPL or PRS for Music customer you should receive a communication from PPL and/or PRS for Music letting you know about the new “TheMusicLicence” from PPL PRS Ltd.

The two parent companies will continue to carry out everything else they do separately, other than public performance licensing.

If you are a new user of music, or want to talk about a tailored bespoke service for your sites then please contact PEL Music to discuss what would be best for your needs.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018 11:34

AV in Stadiums

This January AV industry feature in INAVATE magazine carries comment from PEL's experts as it studies the new and refurbished stadium sector, showing that owners are tuning in to the potential for integration and reinvention, as a way of improving the fan-experience.

It recognises a process-problem with new stadia, where different AV feeds for music, advertising and safety systems are inevitably installed late-on and close to project-completion, which can limit the scope for best-practice integration.

PEL’s Vic Swain and Chris Wilcox feature in the section on refurbishment, where stadium owners have been able to live with their uniquely imperfect stadium, survey fan-experience and therefore have experienced the mismatches in potential integration.

Read the full article here and then explore our Stadium pages to find out how PEL integrates the different parts of a stadium network, from the roof to the concourse, connecting the matchday hospitality and function room systems.

There is a saying: "Music is it's own reward." Its not quite a labour of love though; musicians at all levels are earning a living, partly touring, streaming and sales, partly from licensing of their work.

The PRS (Performing Rights Society) and PPL (Phonographic Performance Limited) handle the licensing data; both actively inspect all types of public spaces. When they discover you have been playing music without the correct licences and without reporting usage, there are fines and / or estimated charges, which can be retrospective and significant. 


The PRS (Performing Rights Society) collects and distributes annual licence fees from the public performance and broadcast of musical works, for each “venue”, where you have music playing.




PPL (Phonographic Performance Limited) is a music industry licensing organisation that collects and distributes airplay and public performance royalties in the UK. This relates to reporting usage.

(NB: During March/April 2018, The PRS and PPL will form a new joint venture called PPL PRS Ltd. The two parent companies will continue to carry out everything else they do separately, other than public performance licensing.)

When you play music in a shop, restaurant or hospitality area, where people might buy products or services, or have paid to spend time, you make commercial use of the music you bought (or streamed) privately, because you distribute it to a larger audience - your audience - in order to create a better environment or experience for your visitor, which helps your business.

The mechanical rights that you paid for your music, either purchased on physical or download, via  streaming services such as Spotify or Deezer, only cover your own private listening; they do not cover public usage.

Clarification on the use of streaming services such as Spotify or Deezer - the streaming service Spotify is NOT for commercial use as stipulated in their end user agreement: https://www.spotify.com/uk/legal/end-user-agreement/ 


  • Music played from Premium account access
  • Music played that you have paid for and legally downloaded from iTunes
  • Playing old CDs or vinyl, unless you “go public”, by getting licensed and reporting usage


Making sure music writers and performers get paid for their work in creating new music and for performing on recordings, means it is necessary to maintain proper records for who holds the *mechanical rights.
This is an involved process, with music distributors (mainly Record Companies) extending only private mechanical rights to their specific intended audience, which, as the purchaser, is just you.

*all recorded music used to be reproduced “mechanically”.

Therefore, playing or streaming music in a retail, restaurant or other public hospitality area is actually illegal, unless you:

1) Have a current appropriate licence with both the PRS and the PPL, and
2) Pay appropriate royalties to the artistes for the number of times you play their songs.

The Entertainer is on a roll, opening yet another new store - the latest in Camarthen - with sound system and background music in combination, provided by PEL Services.


The Entertainer is the biggest independent toy retailer in the UK. By collaborating with The Entertainer, PEL has been able to create an ideally-specified versatile system solution which provides ease-of-use for their highly-mobile team of Store Managers, since the systems have the specification to work effectively, yet identically at whichever store they may find themselves.



PEL Music & Media has added sound system design, supply and installation to its array of services for The White Company, further developing a working relationship with the retailer spanning three years.


As a retailer specialising in stylish, white, designer-quality items for the home at affordable prices, The White Company has developed a distinctive brand in its 21 year history. The retailer started as a mail order business but now has over 50 stores in the UK alone.


The White Company has PEL MusicStore hard drives installed in to 47 of its stores and a playlist of 1200 tracks is updated by 20 tracks per month


PEL Services completes "substantial" sound system for Debenhams' Oxford Street flagship store


PEL Services Ltd. has completed the installation of a music and public address system at the Oxford Street flagship store, as part of Debenhams' extensive £25 million hi-tech refurbishment - one of the biggest redevelopments the West End has ever seen.


The new digital sound system features 650 ceiling speakers, making it one of the largest Bose ceiling speaker installations in the UK. The system has been zoned by PEL, to enable Debenhams to play different music and announcements in each area. With the store now providing a range of in-store events, including fashion shows, the flexibility of the sound system was an essential element of the visitor environment.



Q: A new in-store music system, tailored to a cosmopolitan retail environment, with a Hard Drive roll-out to over 60 stores in two weeks? Really??


A: No problem, each store was switched over with minimum disruption, during a pre-planned appointment scheduled for low customer footfall according to data for different days. Assuredly handled by PEL Music & Media. 



A handy guide to dos and don’ts with your Salon music:

There are no excuses and no shortcuts to success with in-salon experience enhancing music.

Many customers will be in your salon for extended periods, some hours if they are having extensions, or colouring for example. So, for example how many surprise tracks, how many repeats, is too many?

Pipe Down. When it goes quiet, what do you hear?

In-store music has a branding role, yes - but there's something else being hidden by the playlists...