When you play music in your business, you need to think about two different fees. The first fee covers the rights to stream music in a commercial setting. This fee also makes caching possible, giving you the possibility to temporarily store the music content to lessen the traffic on the network. When you subscribe to Soundtrack Business, we use part of your subscription fee to pay record labels, artists and publishers for that first right.
The second fee covers the public performance right, which you need to pay if you play music from a radio, a CD player, or from a streaming service like ours. This fee is not included in the subscription fee (unless you're located in the U.S and Canada, see below) but needs to be paid separately to your country's collecting societies. Contact your country’s collecting society, which represents the rights holders for public performance for more information.
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For businesses in the U.S. and Canada, this second fee is usually included in your Soundtrack Business subscription. This means businesses in the U.S. and Canada don't have to pay any additional public performance fees to the collecting societies (called PROs), such as ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, and SOCAN.
But there are a few exceptions. If you play music in businesses that offer physical activity, such as dance studios, dance clubs, fitness instructions, roller and ice skating, and “rock-n-bowl,” you should contact your local collecting society to learn more. Additionally, our PRO licensing covers our service only. This means that if your venue uses music from another source, our license won’t cover it. This includes DJs, live music, karaoke, and jukebox use. Finally, our licenses exclude performance at locations that have an admission fee, subscriber fee, or a similar charge.
If you want more information about rights and our service, check out our General Terms and Conditions and the sections entitled “Terms and Conditions Relating to Rights Holders” and “Public Performance and Royalty Payments.”