Do Cover Bands Need a Licence?
There is no requirement for an artiste to buy a licence to play covers.
The venue has to pay for a licence from the
Performing Rights Society (PRS) from which
royalties are distributed to the artistes they deem are being
If you want to record a covers CD and stay within copyright law then you should obtain a licence from The Performing Rights Society.
You fill in a form obtained from PRS listing the songs, the writers and the publishing company (all easily found on the original artiste media). You then state how many in total you will be "pressing" and the price you will be selling them for less a promotional amount of CD's. You are required to pay the invoice they send you upfront of any sales. Go to their website www.PRSformusic.com for more info.
If you are organising an event yourself at a 'non-licensed' premises then contact PRS for further advice.
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