Music Licensing for Business in Finland

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 Musiikkiluvat.

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Music Licenses in Finland

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 Finland, public performance licenses are obtained through Musiikkiluvat which is a collaboration between Teosto and Gramex.

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

Soundtrack Your Brand

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.

Playing Music at home

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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 Finland

1) Trial Soundtrack

We offer a free 14 day trial so you can start using a properly licensed business music service immediately, without credit card and commitments.

2) Get a Public Performance License

If you don't have licenses from Teosto and Gramex or Musiikkiluvat, please visit Musiikkiluvat’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 Finland

Overview

The music licensing landscape in Finland is relatively similar to that of the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. There are two main organizations concerned with collecting and distributing royalties, however it is possible to organize a music license via a single, combined initiative. Teosto and Gramex are the two primary organizations, with a business friendly offering in the form of Musiikkiluvat.

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Teosto

Gramex

Musiikkiluvat

History

Music authors and publishers came together in 1928 aiming to protect and grow the Finnish music industry. Creators including composers Erkki Melartin and Leevi Madetoja help to found Teosto, Tekijät ja Sanoittajat Oikeutta Vaatimaan or Composers and Lyricists to Demand Their Right.

Later, in 1967, Gramex, Grammofonplateprodusentenes og artistenes vederlagsfond or the Gramophone Record Producers and Artists' Remuneration Fund was also established.

Working collaboratively, Gramex and Teosto founded GT Musiikkiluvat in 2016 as a partnership to make it easier and simpler for businesses to purchase and manage their music licenses.

How to Get a License in Finland

A Musiikkiluvat license is fully comprehensive, covering music and video content together. It is possible to get a quote and purchase a music license online, with a few exceptions where it may be required to contact customer service.

You will need to share some essential company information, such as the size of the location, the business type and how many months of the year music will be played for.