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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.
Applying for a licence to play music
Music can have a positive effect on your customers, guests or employees. It can increase your turnover. If you play music to your customers, guests or employees, you must apply for a licence from a Combined Management Organisation (CMO) via Mijnlicentie.nl. The following organisations are examples of CMOs:
When do you need a licence to play music?
You need a licence to play music:
- in catering establishments, such as cafes, gyms or indoor playgrounds
- in public areas
- in sales areas, such as shops, shopping centres, passenger transport, exhibitions
- in companies, offices and educational institutions
- at events
- as background to your website
You also need a licence for music in the following productions:
- games and apps
Costs of a licence to play music
The cost of licences to play music differ. It also depends on:
- whether it is live music, light music and background music
- 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
Rights-included music distribution
You do not need a Buma or Sena license if you play rights-included music (royalty-free music). The music is distributed by internet streaming and played in your company. You can arrange rights-included music with various commercial suppliers.