Music Publishers and other rights owners

About the Schools Printed Music Licence

At present PMLL only operates one licensing scheme. The licence is available to schools in the UK and it enables schools to copy any printed music publication it owns subject to certain restrictions:

  • copies must be made by teachers/school staff
  • schools must own an original
  • the number of copies made must be equal to or less than the number of pupils in the class
  • no copies can be used for individual or group instrumental or vocal teaching
  • only 10% of the items in albums or large vocal scores may be copied
  • copies must be for school purposes only (not for private use or use in other activities)

Also schools cannot copy choral leaflets or publications specifically excluded from the licence and listed on CLA’s website.

The licence is administered in schools by The Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) who have nearly 30 years of experience in educational licensing. The Schools Printed Music Licence will complement their existing portfolio of licences and comes into effect on 1 April 2013. We firmly believe that with the licence in place, we will be able to monitor more closely the effect of copying on the market and resist unlicensed copying more effectively.

You can see the full text of the licence here.

About the distribution of royalties

Schools and education authorities taking out a licence are obliged to pay licence fees in April each year. Surveys of usage under the licence are carried out in each school term. Royalties for the year commencing in April will be paid to rightsowners in the December of the same year.

You can find out how distributions are calculated here.

If you wish to receive royalties when your publications are copied under the licence please complete our mandate form (download below) and return a signed copy by post to:

Printed Music Licensing Ltd
8th Floor, Two Pancras Square
London N1C 4AG

Download Mandate Form here

If you are a rightsowner and have any specific enquiries about the licensing scheme, about giving us a mandate, about royalty distributions you have received or any other aspect of licensing your publications under our scheme, please contact us using our contact form.

Or you might find the answer to your enquiry in this on our FAQ page.

** After the first distribution in December 2013 this page will also contain a link to a list of publications which we have found in our survey but for which we have not been able to find a copyright owner.