Please note: The Mechanical Licensing Collective (The MLC) does not administer performance licenses or distribute performance royalties.
A public performance license grants permission from the copyright holder to the user to play a work publicly. A public performance is defined as occurring in a public place or anywhere people gather outside of a small circle of family or social acquaintances. Public performances include broadcasting to the public, such as performances over the internet, radio, or television.
A writer is owed a performance royalty any time their music is played:
- On radio stations (terrestrial, satellite or Internet)
- In stores, bars, restaurants and nightclubs
- On television shows or commercials
- Performed in live venues