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.”
You can read more on our website about:
- David’s August 2015 article for Pub & Bar entitled “Recorded music licensing requirements”,
- the new tariff consultation conducted by PPL in July 2018,
- David’s concerns arising from that consultation in his September 2018 Pub & Bar article entitled “Will the Sound of Music segue in to the Sound of Silence?” and
- publication by PPL in March 2019 of details of the new SFE tariff