KBA Newsletter November 2018: Do I need a music Licence?

Do I need music Licence for my business? We yes, you most probably do!

Music can create an ambience, invite a conversation and attract attention to your business. Music's emotional impact and influence makes it a useful tool for any successful business or work place. But playing music in a public space has a whole set of rules that are not often understood - and could cost you a lot of money in fines.

Do I need a music licence if I'm playing music in my business that I've already paid for on CD or through my music streaming account?


Will I get a penalty if I don't pay my music licence and I'm caught playing the radio?


That seems a little unfair…. please explain.

Playing music in a public space is considered a “public performance" under the Copyright Act.

Here is a 2 min video to explain it further:

How do I find out where to go to get a licence?

This website provides all the information including how much you pay per your field of business and the size of your premises. ONE MUSIC

What happens if I don't pay?

You can be penalised under the Copyright Act if you're caught using music without a licence. The maximum fine is $150,000 and/or five years imprisonment. We don't know how frequently people are caught or how severe the fines are.

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