Music Rights in Businesses
How to play music legally in your business and avoid heavy fines
Music rights in business in US and Canada
If your business is located in the US or Canada, and you use Soundsuit, all the copyright fees and public performance rights are included in your Soundsuit subscription. You do not need to pay BMI-ASCAP fees nor GMR, SESAC, SOCAN and Re:Sound fees on top.
Music rights in businesses in the rest of the world
In the EU and the rest of the world, you do need to pay a license fee to your local PRO (Performing Rights Organization, e.g. GEMA, SACEM, KONA, STIM, etc.) to play legally background music in your business, and this even if you use a legal B2B music service like Soundsuit.
Are consumer services like Spotify legal for businesses?
You can’t use mainstream streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music, or Amazon Music because they are only licensed for private use.
In order to play legal background music in a commercial venue, you have to use a solution licensed for business purposes.
Why a professional music solution?
Using a professional music service helps you simplify your business life on three levels:
- Music rights
- Music branding: find the right music for your venue / brand / audience, sort these music files into coherent mood playlists, schedule these playlist along your business rhythm, and of course regularly update these playlists to avoid annoying your staff and clientèle.
- Music controlling: decide which music schedule plays in which venue and which space/zone of each venue, and decide which app controls your staff should have on the music (e.g. switch between schedules, change between moods, play-pause-skip-like-ban a song).
Why top tier brands opt for Soundsuit?
Soundsuit is one of the top rated professional music service on the market: create, schedule and control premium music across all your venues, the easy way.
As a user of Soundsuit you benefit from the same premium music catalogue that top tier brands like Mercedes-Benz, LVMH, Accor Hotels, BoConcept, and Asics play in their venues every day. Differentiate from the competition through a custom made music experience that engage your customers and motivate your employees.
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Frequently asked questions
In the US, if you use Soundsuit, all the copyright fees are included in your Soundsuit subscription. You do not need to pay BMI-ASCAP fees on top.
In the rest of the world, you do need to get a music license from your local Copyright Collecting Agency, e.g. PRS-PPL (UK), GEMA (DE), SACEM (FR), APRA AMCOS (AU), etc.
As soon as you subscribed online to Soundsuit, you will receive a confirmation email. The invoice will be attached to this email.
If the day of your subscription you free trial is not ended yet, then the email with the attached invoice will be sent automatically the day your test phase ends, and your paid subscription starts.
No, Soundsuit’s trial is absolutely free of charge and without any binding nor obligation to purchase. No credit card is required neither, so you do not need to share any banking details. And the transition from the trial to the subscription is NOT automatic!
The fee includes all the licenses you need to stream music in a place of business in the United States. All the ASCAP and BMI licenses are then included. With Soundsuit, you do not have to worry again about licensing!
If your business is located outside the US and Canada, you also need to get a license and pay your local collecting society, e.g. PRS-PPL (UK), GEMA (Germany), etc.
Please simply send the notice to email@example.com. Without termination, the subscription will automatically be renewed for another term.
The notice period applied is
- for a monthly subscription, 14 days to the end the subscription.
- for a yearly subscription, 3 months to the end of the subscription.
You can pay yearly or monthly by
- VISA credit card
- MasterCard credit card
- AMEX credit card
- ACH direct debit (USA)
- SEPA direct debit (Europe)
- iDEAL (North Europe)
- Apple Pay (Apple users)