Over the last few years I have had many conversations about music for use in public venues. This is because many venue owners get frustrated at having to pay to play mainstream music in their venues. They have to pay the performance royalty organisations (PRO’s) in their part of the world.
Their arguments are many and varied, however, some of the common complaints I have heard here in the UK are: –
- I only play the radio for my own benefit
- The costs are too high
- I am getting harassed by the collecting organisations
- I paid PRS and then PPL came along and also wanted paying
- The price increased drastically in the second year
Many businesses and public venues are interested in alternatives to using mainstream music and seek out royalty free alternatives.
Although we are happy for our clients to use our music in public without having to pay PRO’s we do not recommend royalty free music as a replacement for long playing background music. This is for the following reasons:-
- You will probably want many hours of audio with a wide selection of tracks to play and in this respect royalty free music may not work out cost effective.
- Some of our composers register with PRO’s so that they don’t miss-out on TV or Radio plays of their music. Although our agreement means that they waive additional royalties for public use we cannot guarantee that you will not be approached by the collecting organisations
This is where ‘Public Safe Music’ fits in. Over the following few months we will be adding in the region of 30 hours of ‘Public Safe Music’. This is guaranteed to be PRO free and will be available on Media Music Now as individual tracks and via our new royalty free collections website as cost effective collections (currently in development).
Later in the year we are also planning a streaming subscription website where music can be played direct from the internet via a broadband connection.