All About Licensing

Within the UK, there are two main licensing bodies.
You must have a license from both to play commercial music on an Internet Radio station.

  • PRS For Music – collects money on behalf of songwriters, composers and publishers
  • PPL – collects money on behalf of record companies and performers

A table of the current licenses on offer is shown below. Note: you will need to submit listener hour stats to the licensing bodies as part of your license conditions. Without these, you will not be licensed. UltraStream provides full per-second listener hour stats with ALL our packages.

Current Licenses

License ProviderYearly Maximum Station RevenueLicense NameLicense Cost
PRS£12,500Limited Online Music LIcense£126 ( + VAT )
£200,000Limited Online Music License +From £2,129 ( + VAT )
PPL£5,000Small Radio Service£200.21 ( + VAT )
--Standard Radio Service£690 deposit
Fee of £0.000742 per performance