Playing Music in a Business Premises

The following is provided for information purposes only on registering a business name in Ireland. All further queries regarding this information should be directed to the competent authority listed below.

Competent Authority

Under law, two distinct permissions are required by businesses in Ireland who play music - one which covers the public performance of the musical work on behalf of composers, songwriters and music publishers and the other which covers the public performance of sound recordings on behalf of record producers and performers. Up to 2015 these licences have been administered separately by IMRO and PPI respectively. However, from January 1st 2016, both distinct licences are included in the Dual Music Licence administered by IMRO.

Steps of the procedure

If you wish to request a public performance licence online you can do so here.

1. On the form select the business classification that best describes your business operation.

2. Fully answer the relevant questions to your business and music usage

3. Submit these details directly to IMRO

4. A member of the IMRO Licensing Department will then contact you directly regarding your licence requirements and individual annual royalty charge.

Applicable fees and online method of payment

Fees vary depending on the business classification, music usage and capacity.

All invoices from IMRO are sent by post and/or email and are payable on receipt. You may pay by cheque (payable to IMRO), Credit Card, Electronic Bank Transfer or Direct Debit. If you pay by Direct Debit you may spread your payments over a maximum of 10 consecutive monthly payments within the licence year.

IMRO will provide a Direct Debit Mandate to be signed with the Dual Music Licence Contract. For convenience you can also pay online at

Languages in which the procedure can be carried out

At present IMRO forms are available in English only.

Contact Details


Phone: +353 1 661 4844

Postal Address: Copyright House,

Pembroke Row, Lower Baggot St,

Dublin 2, Ireland, D02 HW59