can't just record any music and hope to sell the CDs, most music
even in sheet form has copyright and appropriate
licences need to be obtained before CDs can be manufactured.
are two types of licence that will apply to recordings made by
(Limited Availability Product Licence).
This agreement covers audio and audio-visual products made for
a non-commercial nature (i.e. local interest videos, home videos).
Manufacturing is limited to 500 copies. The scheme allows easy
use of MCPS member's music without the need to obtain clearance
from each individual copyright owner. This licence can be for
up 100 copies (£40), 101-500 copies (£120) or up to
a maximum of 501-1000 (£250). Prices include VAT (Dec 2007)
Note these prices have recently increased.
Agreement: The AP2 Agreement allows the issuing of audio products
(CDs/LPs) in the UK for retail sale. Under the scheme you are
charged based on the quantity of products to be manufactured in
advance of the actual manufacture. This agreement covers any number
of copies and is charged according to a percentage of the sale
price. This percentage may be 6.5% or 8.5% depending on the method
of sale + VAT.
is therefore very important to know just how many copies you are
likely to need as well as the sale price. As the AP2 agreement
is paid before the CD's are made, if you decide to reduce the
sale price later, you will have paid for a higher licence fee
played at public venues requires a PRS
licence. This is arranged by the venue which should already
have a licence to play any music. For a non public event,
i.e. a recording session a PRS licence should not be needed.
would work together to ensure the whole process runs smoothly.