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Licences for playing music

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency

If you want to play music in public, for instance in your shop, restaurant or care establishment, or you want to use music on the internet, you must have permission from the lyricist, composer and music publisher.

If musical copyrights have been transferred to Buma-StemraExternal link, they can issue licences that give you permission to play the music. If it involves artists and record producers, based on a neighbouring rightExternal link, Sena will issue the licences.


To calculate the cost for these licences, a distinction is made between live music, light music and background music. It also depends on:

  • the number of persons hearing the music
  • the surface area of the space in which the music can be heard
  • how often the music is played

Apply for a licence

You can calculate and apply for your Buma and Sena licences at Mijnlicentie.nlExternal link. You can opt for a combined invoice. Through this website you can obtain your Videma (for using footage) and Reprorecht (for reprographic reproduction) licences as well.

Royalties included music distribution

You do not need a Buma or Sena license if you play royalties included music. The music is distributed by internet streaming and played in your company. You can arrange royalties included music with various businesses.

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency