PRS for Music applies to alter live music tariff

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PRS for Music has applied to the Copyright Tribunal to vary the terms of its live music tariff.

The tariff covers the licensing of festivals, concerts and small venues, and has been subject to an industry-wide consultation over the last two years.

Known as Tariff LP, the licence applies to around 2,000 promoters and live venues, hosting 30,000 live music events around the country, and was last reviewed by the Copyright Tribunal in 1988.

In a statement today (Thursday), the collecting society said: ‘After an extensive consultation that commenced in April 2015, and the resulting negotiations with industry parties, we can confirm that PRS has made an application to vary the terms of Tariff LP which has been submitted to the Copyright Tribunal.

‘This submission has been made with the support of all of the major relevant industry bodies representing the live sector and is now with the tribunal for its determination. We have nothing further to add at this stage.’

Interested parties in PRS for Music’s consultation include the Concert Promoters’ Association, the Association of Festival Organisers, the Association of Independent Festivals, the British Association of Concert Halls, the National Arenas Association (NAA), Glastonbury Festival and the Music Venue Trust.

The Copyright Tribunal is an independent body established under the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988, whose primary purpose is to resolve commercial licensing disputes between rightsholders and those using copyrighted material in their business.

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