Music licensing company PPL consults on "Specially Featured Entertainment" Tariff

Music licensing company PPL has today published a consultation paper as part of its ongoing review of its Specially Featured Entertainment (SFE) tariff.

The consultation paper relates to the playing of recorded music at events such as discos and DJ nights and applies, in this instance, to nightclubs, pubs and bars, cafes and restaurants, and hotels.

The consultation paper sets out the company’s current thinking in relation to the scope, structure, fees and implementation of a potential new SFE tariff. It is based on the belief that the SFE tariff requires structural reform and undervalues the rights of PPL’s performer and record company members in the recorded music they create. PPL’s view (supported by economic analysis) is that the fees under the current tariff, which has been in place for around 30 years, are too low to be an appropriate reflection of the value to businesses of using recorded music at SFE events.

Commenting on the publication of the consultation paper, PPL Chief Executive Officer Peter Leathem, said:

“This consultation paper provides an important opportunity for licensees to contribute to the review and potential reform of PPL’s Specially Featured Entertainment tariff.

“Through licensing the use of recorded music at SFE events, we are keen to see our repertoire continue to support and drive entertainment within the hospitality sector. In an environment where recorded music forms a very significant part of the business proposition, it is important that those who invested their time and talent in creating such music are fairly rewarded.

“We therefore welcome responses from our licensees in order to help us finalise our views on a potential new SFE tariff.”

The consultation paper has been sent to licensees putting on SFE events in nightclubs, pubs and bars, cafes and restaurants, and hotels and to their trade bodies.

It can also be viewed on PPL’s website at www.ppluk.com/sfereview, together with details on how to respond. The deadline for responses is 5 October 2018.


For media enquiries, contact Lynne McDowell (PPL Head of Communications) at

Lynne.McDowell@ppluk.com / 020 7534 1274

For SFE enquiries, contact Richard Stewart (PPL Head of Dubbing and Tariff Development) at

Richard.Stewart@ppluk.com / 020 7534 1276