License body waives music charge for royal wedding

Fri Feb 25, 2011 5:56pm EST
 
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LONDON (Reuters) - Royal revelers at street parties will be able to listen to their top tunes for free when Prince William weds Kate Middleton on April 29, after the PRS group waived charges normally levied on the public use of music.

PRS for Music, which ensures that songwriters, composers and music publishers are paid when their music is played, performed or reproduced, announced the waiver on Friday.

"We want to help the nation enjoy this special event and not have to worry about getting a License for this one-off period," said Keith Gilbert, director of public performance sales.

The License waiver comes into effect between April 22 and May 6, 2011, and applies to not-for-profit events organized by unpaid volunteers where less than 300 people are present.

Britain has a tradition of holding street parties to mark major royal events.

 
<p>Britain's Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton visit St. Andrews. REUTERS/Toby Melville</p>