Barbershop Music Licensing

Do you play Music in your Barbershop? Make sure you're legal.

Music in Barbershops is an important part of the overall experience. It helps create the right ambience for your customers, and has a positive impact on staff morale and productivity. 84  percent of salons tell us that playing music makes for a more welcoming or exciting atmosphere, while 83 percent say that silence can make a business appear cold and unwelcoming.

We can help you become legally licensed at your premises to reap the rewards music can bring.

Want to know more about music licensing?


Who is PPL PRS? 

PPL PRS is a joint venture between the UK’s two music licencing societies, PPL and PRS for Music. 


What do they do?

PPL PRS licence and collect royalties from UK businesses and organisations on behalf of their parent companies, PPL and PRS for Music. Previously, businesses and organisations had to obtain separate music licences from both PPL and PRS for the playing of music in their premises, however, they have come together to form PPL PRS Ltd and launch TheMusicLicence. One contact, once invoice, one licence.


Do you need TheMusicLicence? 

If you use, play or listen to recorded music in your business or organisation, the chances are you need TheMusicLicence.

Under The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, permission is needed from the relevant copyright holders – those people who create music – in order to play or perform music in public.

Obtaining TheMusicLicence gives you this permission, in relation to the vast majority of commercially available music. This ranges from grassroots and independent artists and composers through to the biggest names in the business. 


How do I get a licence?

PPL PRS provide bespoke licences tailored to your needs. Contact them to receive a quote and arrange your licence.


How is your licence fee calculated?

The cost of TheMusicLicence depends on a number of factors, including your type of venue and how you use music in your day-to-day operations, whether that be for background purposes or for special one-off events.  


In most cases, both a PPL and PRS for Music tariff will apply to your licence. Tariffs continue to be set separately and independently by PPL and PRS for Music.

TheMusicLicence cost depends on:

            •           The number of stylists and treatment chairs

            •           How you play music (eg. CD, radio, TV)

            •           If you play music whilst your telephone is on hold


To set up your licence speak complete the contact form or speak to a member of the PPL PRS team who will ensure you are making the most of the music you play in your business, and you are correctly licensed. Lines are open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Please call 0800 0868 804 or visit pplprs.co.uk/business/hair-beauty/ 


For more information on PPL PRS and TheMusicLicence visit pplprs.co.uk 



Please note, you don't need TheMusicLicence if you play music which is out of copyright or purchased from a royalty-free music library.


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