Music Licensing for Business in France

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 SACEM.

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Music Licenses in France

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 France, public performance licenses are obtained through SACEM (who also manages background music licenses on behalf of SPRE).

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.

Playing Music at home

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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How to get fully licensed in France

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 SACEM, please visit their 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 France

Overview

There are two different music licensing organizations to consider for those operating a business in France that plays music. These are French and Swiss organizations respectively, SACEM and SUISA. Both work on behalf of music authors, composers and publishers to collect royalties throughout France and distribute these back to creators fairly.

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SACEM

SUISA

SPRE

History

Often referred to as SACEM, the Société des Auteurs, Compositeurs et Editeurs de Musique or the Society of Authors, Composers and Music Publishers is a French organization that is owned by its members. Since 1851, SACEM has worked to protect and promote artistic creation. They consider themselves to be world leaders in this space and aim to maximise revenues for creators while also providing a high level of support.

For SUISA or Schweizerische Gesellschaft für die Rechte der Urheber und Verleger von musikalischen Werken, the Swiss Society for the Rights of Authors and Publishers of Musical Works operation began in 1923. It was not known under this name until 1942, due to a change in law that meant it had to become a cooperative society.

In 1986 SPRE was created. Its full name is La Société pour a Perception de la Rénumération Equitable de le Communication au Public des Phonogrammes du Commerce, or The Society for the Perception of Fair Renumeration for the Communication of Commercial Phonograms to the Public.

How to get a license in France

When operating a business in France, you may need licenses from SACEM and SUISA. Your music usage will determine if you are in need of licenses from one, or both, organizations. SPRE fees are typically collected by SACEM.

You can reach out via each website respectively to find out more about the various tariffs and costs that are involved.

Note: When using Soundtrack in France, only a SACEM license is needed.