Music charge waived for royal wedding
Britain's Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton smile during a visit to St. Andrews University in Fife, Scotland, Feb. 25, 2011. (REUTERS/Danny Lawson/Pool)
LONDON - Royal revellers 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 licence for this one-off period,” said Keith Gilbert, director of public performance sales.
The licence 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.