A performance license is required by a business in advance of music being played on its premises (whether by the business or by its individual employees for others to hear), on its websites and digital properties, or by an event host in advance of the event. Licensing requirements apply regardless of whether the music is recorded or performed live. Select common examples of music uses that require a performance license include (for example purposes only and not all-inclusive):
- Streaming audio
- Streaming video that contains music (examples include full length songs or song segments within film or TV programming, song segments or jingles within commercials, songs played on music channels, etc.)
- Music played at special events
- Live music performances (includes live music and DJs)
- Music played using background music services
- Music used by websites and apps
- Music played over satellite services
- Music in company/building lobbies, break rooms, lunch rooms, restrooms, elevators, conference rooms, ballrooms, etc.
- Music used in business presentations and training seminars
- Music at trade shows, conferences and conventions
- Music in multi-unit residential and commercial common areas such as pools, gyms, hallways and elevators
- Karaoke offered at venues
- Music while on hold via phone
- Music within streaming video games
- Music streamed while transportation services are being provided
- Music played within healthcare and dental facilities
- Music played in sporting and recreational facilities
* Note: The listing above is not all-inclusive.
Subscriptions to music streaming services, background music services or other programming services do not cover or replace the requirement for an AllTrack performance license. If your business is playing music without proper advance permission (i.e. without obtaining a license), your business is infringing on Copyright Law.
If you have questions about whether you need a license or the licensing process, please contact AllTrack directly below.
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