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Music license allows you to play music in your event or business.

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Great that you’re getting a music license! We represent tens of thousands of domestic and foreign music makers and publishers – our music using customers receive access to nearly all the music in the world.

Choose the right license for your needs from our website. Contact us if you need more information or we can otherwise be of assistance.

We offer a variety of music licenses

We grant licences to use music on behalf of affiliated Finnish and foreign music authors and publishers. Our music using customers are, for example, the Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle, commercial radio and television companies, organizers of concerts and other events and various organizations that use music in their business for the entertainment of customers or personnel.

Music user’s faq

Many enterprises and organisations use music created by others to promote their business or to entertain their target audience in connection with e.g.

 

events and customer meetings. Royalties are a form of remuneration paid to music authors for their work and they represent an important source of income for professional music authors.

Creating music often involves various expenses, such as studio and production costs, equipment rental, the music author’s time or time spent together at a song camp, and marketing. The royalties paid for a piece of music are often divided between many different professionals; for example, the composer, lyricist, arranger, producer, singer and musicians.

 

As a rule, a licence for the use of music is required whenever music protected by copyright is performed in public at an event or in a media channel or when reproductions (recordings) are made of it. You can find more information on copyright on this page.

A licence is not required for the private use of music. Private use includes listening to music alone or with family and friends at home. People also do not need to obtain a licence for playing music in events attended by family and friends, such as weddings, birthday parties, naming ceremonies and funerals.

Band members get paid for their work by their employer, i.e. the restaurant or booking agency. A band may perform music created by many different music authors, including composers and lyricists.

Royalties paid for live music events represent an important source of income for music authors, i.e. those who created the music that is performed. Music authors may not perform live themselves. Instead, they make music for others to perform.

When a restaurant pays performing right royalties to Teosto, we divide the money between the music authors, i.e. the composers, lyricists, arrangers and music publishers whose music was performed.

In other words, the performers get paid directly by the restaurant and the music authors get paid through Teosto.

According to Spotify’s terms of use, Spotify is only intended to be used for personal and non-commercial entertainment. This means that music from Spotify cannot be played in public in companies, including restaurants, shops and dance schools. Background music for offices and customer premises is provided by e.g. Soundtrack Your Brand and Streamec as well as the Finnish operators Maestro Pro, Audience First and Mood Media. To obtain a licence for background music from Teosto and Gramex, please visit the Musiikkiluvat.fi website.

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