Using music during events

Licentie Using music during events

Regardless of the type of event you’re organizing, music is vital. It sets the atmosphere and cultivates a social vibe. If you plan to include music in your event, obtaining a license is a necessary step. It’s important to clarify that this license is separate from the payments made to artists for their performances at your event.

Why do I need a licence?

BumaStemra is committed to a sustainable music indstury, where music creators are rewarded fairly. For the already established creators to those who are on their way to becoming big names. In this way, we work together to cultivate the open and innovative music culture for which the Netherlands is renowned.

Music whenever and wherever, no fuss. Whatever music you choose, a licence from BumaStemra gives you unlimited use of music from the Netherlands and around the world.  We’ll help you get the licence that suits your needs. As a non-profit organisation, we make sure music creators get paid for their songs, so you can focus 100% on your business.

Good for music creators, good for your business.

How much does it cost?

The tariff is based on ticket sales and artist fees/buy-out fees. Ticket sales are the determining factor, unless the total amount paid to artists is higher. We charge a percentage of this amount, which is usually 7%. If no entrance fee is charged and the artists perform (almost) free of charge,  we charge a minimum fee based on floor area.

When you have already paid the Buma contribution to the booking agency, we will deduct this advance from your licensing fee.

Avoid additional costs

Submit your licence request to Buma on time to avoid additional costs. The longer you leave it to apply for a licence, the higher the percentage. No additional fees will be charged up to one month after the event. If you submit a request between one and two months after the end of the event, you pay a 10% surcharge. Every two months thereafter, you pay 5% more, up to a maximum surcharge of 20%.

More info?

If you have questions about applying for a licence, please contact us on +3123 799 7801 or See our general terms and conditions for music use.