I’m just wondering if other Hackspaces are paying for Performing Rights Society / Phonographic Performance Limited Licenses in order that they may legally play music in the space? (it’s legally considered a public space)
And if so, how much are they paying?
(both the PRS and PPL seem to want to keep their cards close to their chest about disclosing the pricing scheme. I’m naturally suspicious of organisations that do this - it makes me concerned they just make up any kind of scheme they want and categorise arbitrarily. Much like the insurance industry)
For these sorts of licences, “public” has the greatest possible reach - basically if you are not playing it in your own home, it is pretty much public! Even if it is in your home, it can still end up being a “public performance” if you have any staff!
We (Nottingham) don’t have a PRS or a PPL, but we do have a PVSL for the screening of films. It is fairly reasonable, at £102.50+VAT (this is for group sizes up to 249). You need to keep abreast of the excluded films though, as they change fairly regularly. We got ours from here: http://www.filmbankmedia.com/licences/pvsl/
Sorry, I know this is not the same, but hope it helps a bit.
I’m not sure what the wording of the relevant legislation is, but going from the list of other types of spaces (whether ‘public’ in the sense of being open to anyone, or ‘closed’ in the sense of being member only) it seems highly likely that Hackspaces would be subject to this fee.
I’d be more than pleased to be persuaded otherwise, because I’d really rather not spend this money on a PRS license when we play relatively little music and there are always other things we need to buy!
Fortunately at Leicester Hackspace we come under the PRS category of never playing music. One of our members once tried to play his own music through a speaker in our “quiet” room and was told to turn it off