Already reviewing the Tariff LP rate for concerts, live events and festivals, PRS for Music have announced an extensive review of more tariffs with the stated aim to "simplify, streamline and consolidate more than 40 public performance licensing tariffs as part of a Public Performance Tariff Simplification programme" although detractors will be looking to see if hidden rate increases are included in conclusions.
The programme will involve a series of customer consultations across the public performance licensing tariffs PRS operate who say "responses will help inform and shape a set of tariffs that are simple to understand, operate and fit for purpose."
Rob Kirkham, PRS for Music Head of Business Development, said: “The purpose of the simplification programme is to create tariffs that are easy to understand and use. By reviewing public performance tariffs across a number of sectors, our aim is that customers can continue to utilise and enjoy PRS for Music’s repertoire in a simpler and more efficient way. The consultations will provide opportunities to engage with our customers offering them open lines of communication with us, as PRS seeks to ensure that we continue to operate modern and appropriate licensing schemes.”
The first set of consultations launched as part of the review included:
- Fitness and Dance (Tariffs J, GP, O and DS). These apply to the use of music at Proprietary Clubs, Swimming Pools, Dance Tuition Schools and for General Purposes.
- Universities and Higher Education institutions (Tariff UC). These apply to the public performance of music outside the teaching syllabus at premises for students or staff.