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What is the Music Service Licence?

The Music Service Licence (MSL) enables music services to make copies and arrangements legally, and for musicians, writers, and publishers to be paid fairly for the use their works. It helps music hubs and services make the best use of printed music resources whilst ensuring they are copyright compliant.

The licence runs from 1st April to 31st March, ensuring your service is copyright compliant for the full financial year.

1st April 2020 – 31st March 2021 is the trial period for the Music Service Licence during which we may tweak our approach to administering the licence and gathering data, depending on feedback from hubs. Following the trial year we expect the licence to continue on an annual rolling basis.

With the Music Service Licence, you will be able to:

  • Make copies or arrangements of entire works (or up to 10% of an anthology) which the music service already owns
  • Use score-writing software programs to arrange print music
  • Make notations by hand on copies of print music
  • Make new arrangements to suit any instrumentation your service has available
  • Share print music

Please note, the service must own at least one original copy of the sheet music and the copy must be for use in music service activities. Purchase of the licence requires your service to report on licence usage each term. To ensure the right musicians are paid for their work each term hubs and services must complete and return a reporting spreadsheet.

For reporting on Summer 2020 usage (April – July 2020): Deadline – 23 October 2020

For reporting on Autumn 2020 usage (August – December 2020) : Deadline – 12 February 2021

For reporting on Spring 2021 usage (January – March 2021): Deadline – 28 May 2021

For further information and to read the licence terms, please click here. To read FAQs about the licence, please click here.

How does it work?

After completing the application form, your nominated contact will be emailed a copy of the licence. Your music service will then be added to the PMLL database for Music Service Licences and from this point onwards will be covered by the licence until 31st March 2021 at which point the licence will automatically renew and you will receive an invoice.

In order for PMLL to distribute royalties fairly to musicians, writers, and publishers, your service will be obligated to report on copies and arrangements made. This will be completed each term via a simple spreadsheet provided by PMLL.

The licence will automatically renew at the end of March each year when your music service will receive an invoice. If you wish to cancel, Music Mark will require written confirmation by 1st March. In case of licence cancellation, all copies and arrangements made under the licence must be destroyed. Further details about licence cancellation can be found in the licence terms.

Pricing is calculated by organisational income per year, as below:

Level Organisational Income per year Cost of Licence
Tier 1 Less than £500k £200 + VAT
Tier 2 £500k – £1.5m £300 + VAT
Tier 3 £1.5m + £400 + VAT


After completing the application form and selecting your payment tier, an invoice will be sent to your supplied finance details. If any of your details change, including nominated contact and payment details, please notify us at

Any contact data (including personal data) provided to Music Mark will be passed to PMLL and processed for the purposes of performance of the licence agreement.  PMLL’s privacy policy is available on the MPA Website.


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