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The above licenses will cover the vast majority of schools operating a radio station.  Other licenses do exist for larger projects.

Please note: License costs are subject to change each year.   Prices are correct at time of writing.

£FREE

All licensing costs are paid for by Mix Cloud's advertising.

£200.21 + VAT (Per year)

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£126 + VAT (Per year)

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The PPL/PRS administered by CEFM enable you to listen to copyright music. It is highly likely that your school will already have this license. It is banded based on the number of pupils within the school.

None!

If hosted by www.mixcloud.com

Small radio service (From PPLUK)

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LOML license (From PRS)

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PPL/PRS (From CEFM)

How: Podcast

Where: Via Mix Cloud

How: Streaming

Where: Online

£167 + VAT (Per year)

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The PPL/PRS administered by CEFM enable you to listen to copyright music. It is highly likely that your school will already have this license. It is banded based on the number of pupils within the school.

Student Radio License (From PPLUK)

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PPL/PRS (From CEFM)

How: Streaming

Where: Local network

Cost

Licenses required

How and where?

License summary and costs

Installing speakers in canteen areas, outside playground areas and school halls is a great way to broadcast at break and lunch-times.

For installation and cost reasons, sometimes a combination of network and hardwired speakers are used.  This saves running cables over long distances where network cabling may already exist.


Licenses required:

Student radio license from PPLUK

• PRS/PPL license administered by CEFM (which you may already have)

Broadcasting online requires the rental of a streaming server.  Streaming servers serve two main purposes, firstly they prevent potential volumes of traffic slowing down or even crashing your schools broadband and second they are able to track the music you play and the number of listeners who connect to your broadcast.

Licenses for online streaming are banded based on the total amount of time the service has been listened to and the average number of copyright music tracks broadcast per hour.

You will need to send quarterly reports to the licensing authorities having dowloaded the report from the streaming server each quarter.


Licenses required:

Small radio service license from PPLUK

Limited Online Music license (LOML) from PRS

• PRS/PPL license administered by CEFM (which you may already have)

Hardwired to speakers around the school

Mix Cloud is a fantastic service where schools can upload radio shows to share online.  It's free to setup and just like Youtube, parents and pupils can follow your channel.

Each time the school uploads a new show, Mix Cloud will email your followers notifying them.

Unique to Mix Cloud is that it tracks and pays PRS and PPL licensing for you.  This means that you don't have to worry about submitting listener figures each quarter, Mix Cloud will do it for you.

The service is free because like YouTube, Mix Cloud has a number of brand and advertising partners whos revenue help to keep the service free.


Licenses required:

• PRS/PPL license administered by CEFM (which you may already have)

Streaming - Online to the world wide web

This is one of the most popular forms of broadcast for a school as no investment in additional hardware or software is required.

All you need is a local network and computers or mobile devices within the school to connect to the stream.


Licenses required:

Student radio license from PPLUK

• PRS/PPL license administered by CEFM (which you may already have)

Recorded shows - hosted by MixCloud.com

Streaming - within your local network

How and where do you plan to broadast?

If you plan to run a student radio station and play copyright music, you will require a license from both PPLUK and PRS for Music.

It is highly likely that your school already has a PRS and PPL license to listen to copyright music.  This is administered by CEFM.  

Owning a radio station introduces the broadcast element to copyright music which the above licenses do not cover.  Where you plan to broadcast and the method of broadcast you use, will determine which additional licenses you will need.

Please also note, iTunes and Spotify downloads are not licensed for broadcast. They are only suitable for personal and non-commercial use.

Visit our Music Download page if you intend to purchase music for your radio station.

Do I need a license to play copyright music?

Radio broadcast licenses