Under law, two distinct permissions are required by businesses in Ireland who play music – one which covers the public performance of the musical work on behalf of composers, songwriters and music publishers (IMRO) and the other which covers the public performance of sound recordings on behalf of record producers and performers (PPI). To date these licences have been administered separately by IMRO and PPI respectively. However, from January 1st 2016, both distinct licences will be included in the Dual Music Licence to be administered by IMRO.
This new arrangement should make life simpler and easier for businesses in Ireland by enabling them obtain both the required IMRO and PPI copyright music licences through a single contract, receive a single invoice, make a single royalty payment, and administration-wise, interface with a single licensing body.
Members are reminded that new applications for a licence can be reduced by 33.3% where an application is made by the proposed user before a visit has been received from either IMRO or PPI. HAI is continuing discussions with both organisations and will revert to members as appropriate.