Fitness music services

The FMS licence

Who's it for

Licensees looking to supply music to fitness instructors. 

What are the benefits?

Allows licensees to legitimately modify and supply tracks for the purpose of fitness classes.

What does it cover?

Covers the MCPS mechanical reproduction right and the PRS for Music communication to the public right as follows:

  1. The creation of a digital database of audio-only, music video tracks or karaoke tracks to source for supplying the service
  2. The transmission of the music via electronic means to end customers in the UK only
  3. The transmission of the music via satellite (if uplinked from the UK) to end customers in the European Economic Area EEA
  4. The creation of copies on hard disk when tracks are delivered to a client site for local storage or streaming via electronic means or satellite in the UK only

NB: The FMS Licence does not include the right to play music in any venue. A Public Performance Licence can be obtained separately.

How much does it cost?

Physical

Online

Percentage of revenue

15%

16%

Track Minima

6p

7p

What music services does it cover?

Products and downloads supplied to fitness instructors for fitness classes.

Physical delivery methods: All physical formats (such as, tape, compact disc, DVD, CD-ROM, portable hard drive, laser disc) used for physical distribution of content to users.

Electronic delivery methods: any distribution of data in an electronic form, wire, wireless, public and private communication networks, internet and satellite.

How do I apply?

Please email our Specialist Licensing Consultants at sgschemes@mcps.co.uk to discuss your business plan.

Territories covered

The licence covers manufacture of the product in the UK and distribution of the product anywhere within the EEA. Online delivery is restricted to the UK only.

Other licences needed

PRS for Music and PPL, the UK’s two music collecting societies, have joined forces to set up PPL PRS Ltd, a joint venture combining the two societies’ public performance licensing activities.  PPL PRS Ltd launched the joint licence on 26 February 2018 and offers a single licence, called TheMusicLicence, on behalf of both PRS for Music and PPL, to play or perform music in public. Visit the PPL PRS Ltd website to apply for a licence.

With the exception of Production Music, the MCPS licence does not cover the separate copyright in any sound recordings. To obtain such a licence you should in the first instance contact the Phonographic Performance Ltd (PPL) on 020 7534 1000.

You may need a licence from Video Performance Ltd (VPL) when providing music videos or audiovisual content in your service. For further information please contact the VPL on 020 7534 1400. Audiovisual content may already be covered by the PPL licence as listed above.

The table below demonstrates the rights concerned with the FMS Scheme and shows who represents these rights.

Music rights table

Reproduction

Performance

Sound recordings

PPL/VPL

PPL

Mechanical works

MCPS

PRS for Music

The FMS scheme includes a PRS for Music right because the delivery method of the music constitutes use of the performing right. The FMS scheme does not include the right to play music in any venue. A Public Performance licence can be obtained separately from the PRS for Music to cover this right.