Intellectual property is highly protected by law. Since music is someone’s property, just like everything else someone creates, it is illegal to use without permission.
Copyright laws require users to get permission from the songwriters, publishers, and/or composers. One cannot use free music streaming services for commercial use – even radio music is not allowed to be used in a space that is more than 2,000 square feet. To help businesses with this, there are certain organizations called Performing Rights Organizations (PRO) that issue Public Performance License (PPL) so that a business can legally play music from only that PRO’s catalog in public spaces. These PROs have differing rates depending on the size of business and purposes.
There is also another kind of license that some businesses prefer, which is a blanket license. There are music streaming services that offer this license for a fixed monthly fee. This offering might be more profitable to a business and less tricky to use, as these licenses usually cover entire music catalogs of different PROs.
In the US, there are four PROs that operate to provide PPLs:
Several music streaming services offer blanket licenses for commercial use. These services have a fixed amount to be paid monthly:
Soundsuit @ $24.95/month
Soundtrack your brand @ $34.99/month
Pandora (for business) @ $26.95/month
Apple Music for Business – request a quote
Mood Media @ $27.95/month (2 year plan)
Cloud Cover Music @ $16.16/month
My Instore Radio – request a quote
*Pricing may change at any time. Only accurate at time of original blog post.