Music Royalties

Understanding music royalties

Read our History of Music Licensing section to understand how music royalties were born. When a musician's music gets replayed in a public, commercialised setting then the owner of the copyright to that song is due payment in the form of royalties. This is paid for by the licence fee that the relevant copyright collection agency sets in that territory. In order to legally play music in say, shops, hair dressers, on TV or on a website, the owner of that establishment or broadcasting entity must pay for what's known as a Performing Rights Licence.

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