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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.

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.

A list of publishers who have mandated their rights for this scheme is available.  There is also an exclusion list that details any publishers that have excluded all or some their works.

Reporting on your licence usage

In order for PMLL to distribute royalties fairly to musicians, writers, and publishers, your service will be required to report on copies and arrangements made.

From 1st April 2021 data can be submitted via a new portal on the PMLL website.  The data submission section has been built to make sure that you can report any works you have used as quickly and easily as possible.  Data can be submitted at any time that is convenient to you.  To sign up to use the portal please go to from 1 April 2021 to create an account.

PMLL are happy to provide any training/workshops on the new portal to help with data submission. If you would find this useful, please get in touch.

Data submission can still be accepted via spreadsheet (downloadable at the bottom of the page) and sent to us at, but we encourage you where possible to use the new portal. For help submitting your data, please read through the FAQs or get in touch.

Applying for a licence

After completing the application form, your nominated contact will be emailed a confirmation and you can request a copy of the licence. From this point onwards your music service will be covered by the licence until 31st March. Your music service will then be invoiced and added to the PMLL database for Music Service Licences.

The licence will automatically renew at the end of March each year when your music service will receive an invoice. If you already hold a license, you therefore do not need to re-submit the application form the following year unless to notify us your payment tier or contact email has changed.

If you wish to cancel your licence, 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.

Any contact data (including personal data) provided to Music Mark will then 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.


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

Find out more

On 18th October 2021, we will be running a free Q&A webinar on the Schools Printed Music License. Find out more about this event and register to join here. 

For further information about the licence please visit the PMLL site. Read general FAQs about the licence here and additional FAQs for 2021/22 submitted by Music Service Licence holders below.

Watch a recording of our Q&A webinar held on 24th February 2021 covering the Music Service Licence and the School’s Printed Music Licence led by Viki Smith, General Manager of Printed Music Licensing Limited, and Abigail D’Amore. After a brief overview of the licences, how they work and the reporting requirements, questions are taken from the webinar attendees. Watch the webinar here and read a short article by Viki Smith.

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