Music Licensing for Business in Denmark

Playing music in a business is a little different from listening to music at home. Since you're playing for an audience with a business and commercial purpose, you will need a license from KODA.

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Music Licenses in Denmark

The content shown is a guide and not to be taken as direct legal advice. As per our terms and conditions, you are solely responsible for obtaining the correct licenses.

Businesses need three different licenses to legally play music in their physical venue.

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    Recording License

    Recording License

    This covers the right to use a specific recording of a song.

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    Publishing License

    Publishing License

    This covers the right to use the original composition.

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    Public Performance License

    Public Performance License

    This allows you to play the song in a public environment.

Soundtrack Your Brand covers the first two licenses, and in Denmark, public performance licenses are obtained through KODA who handles public performance fees for background music for both KODA and Gramex.

For information on music licensing in another country, please click here.

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The Value of Soundtrack

We offer a licensed music service for commercial use, with great features such as scheduling tools and an explicit filter.

Soundtrack Your Brand is able to provide this via direct relationships with publishers, performing rights organizations and record labels (including Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group and more).

Our technology allows royalties to be fairly and accurately distributed back to music creators. Our Unlimited tier provides royalty payments that are approximately 5 times higher than those from streaming services for private use.

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Unsupported Services

Services such as Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Amazon Music, Tidal and Deezer are not suitable for use in business. These platforms are for personal, private use only - it is not legal to use them when playing music to an audience and you could risk being faced with a fine.

"You can’t broadcast or play Spotify publicly from a business, such as bars, restaurants, schools, stores, salons, dance studios, radio stations, etc. To play in a commercial environment, check out our friends at Soundtrack Your Brand."

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Steps to become fully licensed in Denmark

1) Trial Soundtrack

Start our 14 day free trial to use our properly licensed business music service immediately. No payment or commitment required.

2) Get a Public Performance License

If you don't have a license from KODA, please visit KODA's website to get your license.

3) Subscribe to Soundtrack

Enjoy the world's best business music service while staying fully compliant. Select a plan and add your payment details to officially join Soundtrack.

More Information about Music Licensing in Denmark

Overview

The Danish Composers Society, or Dansk Komponistforening, is most commonly known as Koda. The name stands for Komponisternes og sangskrivernes organisation, meaning the organization of composers and songwriters. Operating as a non-profit organization to collect and distribute music royalties, Koda is a member of CISAC, The International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers.

Gramex is also known as Grammofonplateprodusentenes og artistenes vederlagsfond or the Gramophone Record Producers and Artists' Remuneration Fund. It exists to collect and distribute royalties related to public performance.

Contact

Koda

Gramex

History

Copenhagen based Koda is one of the oldest collecting societies in the world, having existed since 1923. It is a member of the Danish Copyright Council or Dansk Copyrightråd and is responsible for granting licenses for copyrighted music in Denmark.

It was founded with the ambition of creating an economically fair music market, as has become an important part of the Danish music industry by collecting and distributing royalties for composters, songwriters and music publishers.

In 1963, Gramex was founded. The Danish Ministry for Cultural Affairs approved the organization to work with royalties for artists and labels, in relation to the Danish Copyright Act.

How to get a license

Those in need of a music license from Koda can reach out directly to the licensing department by phone or email on any weekday between 9am to 4pm.

Costs will vary and the allocation of a suitable tariff will depend on how the music is going to be used, how it will be played, the type of business that you have and the amount of potential listeners that you will have in your business.