Coronavirus: music licensing fees suspended

PPL PRS, the organisation responsible for music licensing in the UK, has announced that venues will not have to pay its licensing fees for the duration that they are closed due to COVID-19.

It also said that there will be changes to its payment system “to introduce further flexibility, including deferred payments, for customers during this difficult period”. And it has temporarily suspended late payment surcharges.

In a statement, the organisation said: “PPL PRS fully appreciates the pressures affecting many businesses across the UK as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We wish to reassure customers of TheMusicLicence that we are introducing a number of measures to support them during these unprecedented times.”

The news comes after similar announcements from broadcasters Sky and BT Sport.