PPL PRS has suspended payments for music licences in pubs across the UK for the period venues are closed due to government decreed Coronavirus precautions.
The music licensing group will allow commercial sites to defer payments, with late-payment surcharges being temporarily suspended until restrictions are lifted.
“At the moment we do not yet know how long businesses will be closed for,” stated the PRS. “We can confirm that you will not be charged for the period that your business is closed as a result of you following the Government’s guidance on Covid-19.”
“If you have already paid your latest invoice for the TheMusicLicence, when your licence is due for its next review, we will discuss the impact of Covid- 19 on your music usage and amend your account to credit or refund you for the period that your business was closed.”
Updating licensees, PPL PRS said it is suspending all outbound contact regarding licence reviews until 30 April at the earliest, with potential for extension should the government expand its own measures.
Publicans who have not yet settled their latest invoice are asked to contact the group’s office to discuss payment options, while those venues now forced to permanently close are able to apply for a pro rata refund of the unexpired period.