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Licence-Free Music, also known as Royalty Inclusive Music (RIM) or Direct-Licenced Music, includes all licences, so no additional licences are required. The music is mostly unknown in the UK and although the tracks can sometimes be in the charts elsewhere in the world, many businesses like the fact that they have cutting-edge music their competitors won’t have and it is ideal for creating a desired ambience in your venue.
There are many music creators who have decided not to work with the mainstream copyright organisations and these people need to find alternative ways to have their music heard, and to gain revenues from it.
We work with music agencies in various locations around the world, to gain access to this music and offer it to our clients with a percentage of our fees paid back to the writers and performers through these agencies. The music covers all genres and styles but the catalogue is usually smaller than would be the case for mainstream music, and if a writer or artist decides to sign on with one of the mainstream copyright organisations, we have to move all of their tracks over to our Mainstream Music database.
Screen Media, also known as Digital Signage or Screen Advertising, is a very effective way for businesses to engage with the customers in their venues. It allows businesses to display messages informing customers about current promotions, upcoming events and other items of relevance in helping to drive sales and brand awareness.
Our Screen Media solution offers a very simple and cost-effective method for businesses to control what content is seen, and when, without requiring any expensive equipment.
Mainstream Music, also sometimes known as Original Artist or Performing Rights Organisation (PRO) music, is music whose rights are held and managed by PROs such as PRS (Performing Rights Society) and PPL (Phonographic Performance Limited), and requires businesses to pay for performance licences from these organisations. It is the best-known type of music and is the music that we would hear on the radio and which populates the current charts.
In the UK, businesses wishing to play this type of music (whether on the radio, a TV, a shop-bought CD or any other source) must have licences from both PRS and PPL. This is because the two organisations pay royalties to different people: PRS pay the writers and publishers and PPL pay the record labels (and through them, the artists).
It is worth noting that even when a business has the relevant PRO licences, it is generally not permissible to play music downloaded or streamed from most sites because these sites are usually licensed for domestic use only, meaning that their licences do not cover use in a business premises. We have to have special licences from the PROs (called ‘dubbing licences’) in order to be allowed to provide the mainstream music for business use.
Our music videos make use of the same control technology employed in our music software, enabling businesses to schedule the type of music videos that will play at any particular time of day. Our catalogue of videos is updated monthly, with the latest releases in the pop and dance charts.
A location is an area of your venue that requires its own music or video content, for example in a hotel we recommend you play different content in a spa to that in a gym so this would be classed as two separate locations.