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Music: Licensing

Volume 505: debated on Wednesday 10 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment his Department has made of the typical financial cost to (a) charities, (b) places of worship and (c) voluntary groups of the recent changes to public performance rights exemptions in sound records and performers' rights. (312268)

I have been asked to reply.

As part of the Government’s consultation process we commissioned a final impact assessment from independent consultants, Europe Economics. It was published on 12 November with the Government response and a summary was placed in the House Library. This assessment estimated the impact on broad groupings which would be affected. Voluntary groups may also be charities and it is not possible to separate them out further.

The exact impact will be determined by the outcome of consultations between Phonographic Performance Ltd. (PPL) and organisations concerned on licence fee levels. However, PPL has stated that its current equivalent commercial fees range between £54 and £108 per year and it envisages that most organisations will pay fees at the lower end of this range or even lower. They have also confirmed that they will not charge in a number of circumstances including music used as part of divine worship and family occasions such as weddings.