Rights Society Licence for MOPAC

MQT on 2013-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2013
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime has recently made a decision to award a contract of £194,393 to the Performing Rights Society for a licence to play recorded music in the workplace. Are you satisfied that every step has been taken to minimise the size of this contract and that the paying of music in public is actually required throughout all staff premises across the whole of the Metropolitan Police estate?


Answer for Rights Society Licence for MOPAC

Answer for Rights Society Licence for MOPAC

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

Written response from the Mayor 09 September 2013

A Performing Rights Society licence is necessary in order for music, including the radio, to be played anywhere on MOPAC/MPS premises. The licence fee charged is based upon a nationally agreed tariff applicable to all Police Forces and is lower than normal tariff rates. A formula is used to calculate the annual fee which is based upon the number of Officers and staff in the MPS. This formula removes the requirement for a time consuming and costly annual audit of all MPS premises to ascertain fees due.