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    Question Performing Rights Licence for School discos

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    I wonder if any one has good knowledge of the Performing Rights Act.

    My understanding is that private functions, birthday parties, weddings etc are exempt from requiring a licence.

    I also understand that Educational premises are exempt when the performance is part of the national curriculum or being performed by a pupil or teacher at an event attended by teachers and pupils and those directly involved with the establishment.

    But as school discos are usually ticketed events and are not performed by a teacher or pupil, where do these stand?

    Strictly speaking it sounds like a Performing Rights licence should be acquired?

    Or is there something I have missed, some kind of other loop hole.

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    Have you checked with the school that they haven't already got one? All the schools Ive worked at have had their own.

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    This isn't in relation to a specific school, more of a generic question to find if they should have or need one for school discos or not.

    To be honest I have no idea if the schools I DJ at have licences, I was originally under the impression that it wasnt required, but starting to question this now.

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    Public events at schools should have licences (whether it's a disco or entertainment at the summer fete), but, in our experience, many don't if they're only doing it once a year or such like.

    It's these sort of events that the mobile DJ PPL licence covers (ie one-off events in locations that don't normally have entertainment)). We used to have one, but now we just don't do those events.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corabar Entertainment View Post
    Public events at schools should have licences (whether it's a disco or entertainment at the summer fete).

    Serious question Angela, what's Public? Would the ones I do for the children attending the school be classed as private? They're the only ones allowed in (as far as I know ) The little darlings pay 50p to attend, does that make a difference? I just know we're heading off into the minefield of rules, regulations and definitions again.
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    Not an expert on the school exemptions side of things, but assuming the OP listed the only exemptions, then yes. Public is anything other than invited family and friends, and even includes events solely for members of an organisation.

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