1 July 2019 – the day the music dies?

In his article for this month’s “legal” page for Pub & Bar magazine entitled “1 July 2019 – the day the music dies?” (that can be downloaded below), David Clifton explains what fees will be payable by pubs, bars, nightclubs and restaurants under music licensing company PPL’s new Specially Featured Entertainment (SFE) tariff that comes into effect on 1 July 2019.

The new SFE tariff covers the playing of recorded music where a DJ is used or there is dancing to the music.

This is a highly controversial development with, on one side,  PPL saying that the changes “will help to ensure SFE events with different audiences are treated fairly and consistently” and, on the other side, Kate Nicholls, CEO of UKHospitality, saying that “unless PPL rethinks this charge, it is only going to put the businesses they want to charge out of business.”

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