Unisono

How can I switch to Unisono?

As of 1 January, we will automatically convert your current Sabam and/or Fair Remuneration licence(s) into a single Unisono licence. You don’t have to do anything. We will take care of everything.

Why do I have to pay when I use music?

You only pay for the public use of music. Using music within the family circle obviously does not require a licence.

Keep in mind that music is an investment that pays for itself. Music influences how we feel and behave. By using music during your event or in your business, you create a pleasant atmosphere that attracts customers, influences their buying behaviour and increases the well-being of your staff.

Authors, composers, publishers, artists and producers invest time, energy and money in making music and other creative works. It is their livelihood. It is therefore only natural that they should be compensated for their work. That’s where copyright royalties and the Fair Remuneration come into play. Thanks to your contribution, these people have the financial leeway to continue to create works.

Why am I receiving an invoice from Unisono this year for a period of less than one year?

Because starting on 1 January 2020, Unisono will invoice per calendar year (from 1 January to 31 December).

Suppose you signed a one-year licence in April 2019. Then your licence will expire in April 2020 and your subsequent (Unisono) licence will cover the remaining months in 2020, so from May until December. Obviously, you will only have to pay for these months. As from 2021, Unisono can then invoice for a full calendar year.

Please note that this is only a change for the copyright royalties. The Fair Remuneration was already invoiced this way in the past.

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Unisono

How can I switch to Unisono?

As of 1 January, we will automatically convert your current Sabam and/or Fair Remuneration licence(s) into a single Unisono licence. You don’t have to do anything. We will take care of everything.

Why do I have to pay when I use music?

You only pay for the public use of music. Using music within the family circle obviously does not require a licence.

Keep in mind that music is an investment that pays for itself. Music influences how we feel and behave. By using music during your event or in your business, you create a pleasant atmosphere that attracts customers, influences their buying behaviour and increases the well-being of your staff.

Authors, composers, publishers, artists and producers invest time, energy and money in making music and other creative works. It is their livelihood. It is therefore only natural that they should be compensated for their work. That’s where copyright royalties and the Fair Remuneration come into play. Thanks to your contribution, these people have the financial leeway to continue to create works.

Why am I receiving an invoice from Unisono this year for a period of less than one year?

Because starting on 1 January 2020, Unisono will invoice per calendar year (from 1 January to 31 December).

Suppose you signed a one-year licence in April 2019. Then your licence will expire in April 2020 and your subsequent (Unisono) licence will cover the remaining months in 2020, so from May until December. Obviously, you will only have to pay for these months. As from 2021, Unisono can then invoice for a full calendar year.

Please note that this is only a change for the copyright royalties. The Fair Remuneration was already invoiced this way in the past.

I have already paid for my CDs or online music subscription. Why do I still have to pay when I play this music in my business?

If you buy a CD or subscribe to a music service, you are obviously allowed to play this music in private whenever and as often as you want. The fee for authors, performing artists and music producers is included in the price you pay. However, if you play this music in your business or during your event (i.e. in public, in a commercial setting), then you have to pay an extra fee to Unisono.

Keep in mind that music is an investment that pays for itself. Music influences how we feel and behave. By using music during your event or in your business, you create a pleasant atmosphere that attracts customers, influences their buying behaviour and increases the well-being of your staff.

What are the legal music sources?

Music is available everywhere. Just think of radio, TV, music on audio and video media such as CDs or DVDs, digital music via downloads and streaming, etc.

The private use of these (legal) music sources (i.e. within the family) presents no problems.

But this doesn't mean that you can just use these music sources in your company.

An overview of the music sources that may or may not be used publicly in a company.

The use of the following permitted music programmes and service does not change the fact that you still need authorisation to share this music in public. More information on this authorisation can be found in the menu under 'Daily use'.

  • Radio & TV

Most radio stations and TV channels have a copyright licence that allows them to legally broadcast their (music) programmes. That is definitely the case for the Belgian stations and channels, but also for those who broadcast from abroad. If you have any doubts, however, as to whether a particular radio or TV station has a valid licence, we will be happy to help you via our contact form or by telephone (+32 (0)2 / 286 82 11).

  • Web radio

Various traditional radio stations and web radios offer the possibility of listening to music online via their website or to part of it via podcasts. This also no problem.

If you have any doubts, however, as to whether or not a particular web radio station is legal, we will be happy to help you via our contact form or by telephone (+32 (0)2 / 286 82 11).

  • Music services for professional purposes

Music services are available specifically for catering establishments and the retail trade which offer music via an online web application. These providers have concluded an agreement with SABAM which gives them the copyright authorisation to supply music to your company.

A list of available providers with an agreement for professional use can be found here.

  • Audio media and downloads: original versus copy

If you have a private music collection consisting of audio media (such as vinyl, CDs or DVDs) or legal downloads, then you are permitted to use this music in your company as long as they are originals and not copies. The annual licence that you as manager pay for the public use definitely cover i.a. the use of original audio media.

The copying of original audio media and downloads, on the other hand, is permitted only for strictly private use. This is stated accordingly on a CD or in the general terms and conditions when buying a download. The public use of copies is therefore not covered by the above-mentioned annual licence.

The original download or podcast is the first recording of this download: That is on the computer or smartphone with which the purchase or download is performed. This means that the making of a copy on another computer, external hard disk, smartphone, mp3 player, USB stick, CD-R, etc. is permitted only for strictly private use.

  • What is not allowed?

There are various streaming services that offer music legally via subscription formulas, such as Spotify, Deezer, YouTube, Aupeo, Google Play Guvera, Microsoft Xbox Music, Mixcloud, Napster, Qobuz, Soundcloud and Tidal.

However, these services are only valid for strictly private use (B2C). As a result, places accessible to the public, such as shops, restaurants, cafés, cinemas or business premises may not use the streaming services mentioned above.

The existing agreements between Sabam and these providers limit the copyright permission to personal (private) and non-commercial use by the user of the streaming service. This restriction can be found in the general terms and conditions of use of the various streaming services.

If you do use them, you will have to pay a compensation fee of € 75 (+ 6% VAT), plus report and travel costs of € 125 (+ 21% VAT). Moreover, the payment of this fee does not permit the continued commercial use of this B2C streaming service. In the event of continued use, the amount of the fee will even double.

Currently I only pay Sabam for my (hospitality) business. What happens now?

From 1 January 2020, you pay directly to Unisono. If you also have to pay the Fair Remuneration for your music use, you don’t have to do anything. We will automatically add this remuneration to your next invoice. Please note that Unisono will not charge the Fair Remuneration for music use in the period before January 2020.

You only have to pay the Fair Remuneration (for artists, musicians and producers) if you play recorded music in public, for example via a CD, radio, MP3 player or other music source.

What happens if I forget to pay my invoice?

You will first receive two reminders. If you still don’t pay after these reminders, we will hand over your file to a bailiff. If that doesn’t work either, we will take legal action. Any legal costs will of course be borne by you.

Do you have a question or a problem? Or would you like to apply for an instalment plan? Then please contact us. This is a better option than doing nothing.

What is Unisono?

Unisono is the single platform that Sabam, PlayRight and SIMIM have set up together. From 1 January 2020, this platform allows you to take care of your use of music, theatre works, audiovisual works, etc. quickly and easily in one central location and with one single licence and payment.  

What happens to the money I pay?

Unisono transfers the Fair Remuneration share to PlayRight (representing the performing artists) and SIMIM (representing the producers). They each receive 50% of that remuneration, after which they distribute these royalties to their members.

The share of copyright royalties is distributed by Sabam to its authors, composers and publishers.

Who can I contact if I have any questions about my invoice for the Fair Remuneration from the period before January 2020?

Honebel and Outsourcing Partners remain responsible for collecting any outstanding amounts. If your invoice was issued before January 2020, then you still need to pay Honebel or Outsourcing Partners.

Are you active in the hospitality industry? Please contact Honebel on 02 514 27 33 or send an e-mail to info@honebel.be.

For other sectors, you can contact Outsourcing Partners on the following numbers:

  • 02 710 51 00 - In Dutch
  • 02 710 51 01 - In French

We advise you not to wait too long for this.

Currently I only pay the Fair Remuneration for my (hospitality) business. What happens now?

From 1 January 2020, you pay directly to Unisono. If you also have to pay copyright royalties for your music use, you don’t have to do anything. We will automatically add this fee to your next invoice.

You pay copyright royalties (for authors and composers) if you play recorded music via a CD, radio, MP3 player or other music source or when live music is played in a public space.

Can I spread the payment of my invoice?

Yes, you can spread the payment of your invoice on a quarterly or half-yearly basis.

  • For half-yearly payments, we will apply a 6% surcharge to your annual invoice.
  • For quarterly payments, we will apply a 14% surcharge to your annual invoice.

Would you like to pay your invoice in instalments? Please contact us via unisono.be.

What are the advantages of Unisono?

Unisono offers you the following advantages:

  • You can create a personal account via MyUnisono, our handy online registration tool;
  • In addition to a licence for the use of music, you can also apply for a licence for a film screening, a theatre performance, a public lecture, a literary exhibition or the reproduction of a work of art;
  • You can take care of everything with one licence and one payment;
  • This way, you compensate all right holders in one go;
  • On MyUnisono you can perform rate simulations without any obligation. This way, you won’t be faced with any surprises;
  • We also keep things clear for you, as you can monitor the status of your files in real time via MyUnisono.
I have rented a music band for a party. Do I have to pay Unisono?

Yes, but you will only have to pay copyright royalties for the authors, composers and publishers. You will not have to pay the Fair Remuneration for the performing artists and music producers. You only have to pay the latter if you play recorded music in your business or during your event, not for live music.

This means that if you play recorded music before or after the performance by the music band, you will have to pay the Fair Remuneration.

What is Sabam’s donation policy?

Many initiatives are put in place by organizers with a big heart and Sabam is not to be outdone. This is why we want to be transparent with you about our donation procedure.

Sabam cannot grant exemptions or reductions on royalties. There is no profit motive for this, because Sabam is a non-profit organization. It is motivated by the fact that Sabam cannot freely dispose of the royalties of its members.

Indeed, Belgian and foreign authors and composers entrust us with the management of their royalties. This means that when their music is used, these authors count on Sabam to receive remuneration to this end.

Of course, some humanitarian, philanthropic or social initiatives do not leave authors, composers and publishers indifferent. For this reason, Sabam, on behalf of the members it represents, supports through donations various actions throughout the country such as Télévie, de Warmste Week, Rode Neuzen Dag, Music For Live and various smaller initiatives.

By granting these donations, authors receive what they are entitled to and Sabam contributes to the good cause.

Would you like to apply for a donation? Go to our online application module (FR - NL).

We would like to wish every organizer of charitable events as well as the development of their projects every success.

When do I not have to pay copyright royalties and/or the Fair Remuneration?

You do not have to pay copyright royalties:

  • if you are using music from the public domain.
  • if you are using royalty-free music.

In this catalogue you can find out whether a musical work belongs to Sabam’s national or international repertoire.

Is the music recording less than 70 years old? Then you do have to pay the Fair Remuneration.

You do not have to pay the Fair Remuneration:

  • if an artist, band or orchestra plays live music.
  • if you use recorded music in a theatre production or film. However, you must ask the producer of that music for permission directly to use it in your production.
    Please note that this does not apply to music you play in the foyer or at the bar. Or music that you play before or after the film screening or theatre performance. For those types of use, you do have to pay the Fair Remuneration.

In these cases, you do have to pay copyright royalties.

Why are there two separate items on my invoice?

Each invoice contains two separate items relating to the royalties that are due: one item for the copyright royalties and one for the Fair Remuneration.

The parameters on the basis of which the royalties due are calculated, are also shown on your invoice, as well as the VAT and, where applicable, any travel and assessment costs.

Finally, in the case of a licence for daily music use, your invoice will contain an extra line for the administrative costs.

Do I have to pay more for my music use now?

In theory, no. Neither the rates of Sabam nor those of the Fair Remuneration have changed, with the exception of any index adjustments.

However, if you only paid Sabam or the Fair Remuneration in the past while both were in fact due for your music use, then your invoice may increase in the future.  

Take a look at the rates of Sabam and the Fair Remuneration.

Do I have to pay Unisono if I use music from the ‘public domain’?

Music from the public domain:

  • music of which the authors and composers passed away more than 70 years ago;
  • and of which the recording is more than 70 years old.

If both conditions are met, you don’t have to pay Unisono. If not, you will have to pay copyright royalties and/or the Fair Remuneration to Unisono.

Why has the amount of my invoice increased?

Our rates have not changed or increased. In the past, did you receive an invoice for your music use from Sabam as well as the Fair Remuneration? Then you will only receive one invoice via Unisono from now on. This invoice covers both the royalties for authors (Sabam) and the Fair Remuneration for artists and music producers.

In addition to the royalties for authors, do you also have to pay the Fair Remuneration, or vice versa? Then you do not have to do anything. This will automatically be added to your Unisono invoice.

Do I still receive separate invoices for Sabam and the Fair Remuneration for my (hospitality) business?

No, thanks to Unisono you no longer need two licences and you no longer have to pay two different invoices for the music in your business. From 1 January 2020, you will only receive one invoice under the banner of Unisono. This invoice will include both the copyright royalties (which you previously paid to Sabam) and the Fair Remuneration (which you previously paid to Honebel or Outsourcing Partners). In order to keep things clear for you, both fees will still be specified separately on your single invoice.

When should I apply for my licence?

We ask you to apply for your licence at least 5 days before the start of your event.

As far as the copyright royalties are concerned, this period is shorter than before. This is because we had to align a number of conditions of Sabam and the Fair Remuneration when Unisono was founded, in order to simplify things as much as possible for you.

What is the difference between Sabam, PlayRight and SIMIM?

Sabam represents authors, composers and publishers. These are so-called 'creative' artists because they create music, films, television programmes, theatre plays, works of art, books, etc. They are entitled to a fee when their works are used in public. This fee is called copyright royalties.

PlayRight represents actors and musicians. These are so-called ‘performing’ artists. Finally, SIMIM represents music producers. These are the people or companies that finance the original music recordings. Performers and music producers are also entitled to a fee when their (music) recording is played in public. For example, if you play recorded music during an event or in the background in a bar, restaurant, hairdressing salon, etc. This fee is called neighbouring rights royalties. They are invoiced under the banner of the Fair Remuneration. Until 2019, this fee was invoiced by Honebel (for the hospitality sector) and Outsourcing Partners (for the other sectors and for temporary activities), on behalf of PlayRight and SIMIM.

From 1 January 2020, you can take care of both copyright and neighbouring rights royalties through Unisono. Sabam will then distribute its share of the fee to the authors, composers and publishers, whereas PlayRight and SIMIM will distribute their share to the performing artists and music producers respectively. In this way you contribute to the remuneration of authors, composers, publishers, performing artists and music producers.

What adjustments are possible on my invoice for the closing months?

You will find two lines on your invoice:

  • ‘Copyright royalties’, for which Sabam applies the following system:
    • A 25% discount on the annual rate if you were closed for 6 consecutive months.
    • A 50% discount on the annual rate if you were closed for 9 consecutive months.
  • ‘Fair Remuneration’: if your business was closed for more than 3 consecutive months, you will be entitled to the rate for a seasonal operation. How much is this? Divide your annual rate by 10 and multiply that number by the number of full calendar months of operation. More information.

The amount of your invoice is thus not calculated on a pro rata basis according to the months of music use.

To support the sectors affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, Sabam has also decided to offer a solidarity contribution equal to 1 month of copyright royalties less on the invoice. This contribution is financed entirely from royalties normally accruing to authors, composers and publishers.

I already have a licence from Unisono for music in my business. Do I have to apply for an additional licence if I continue my activities online during the COVID-19 crisis?

Are you directly affected by the government measures concerning COVID-19 and are you obliged to close down? If so, be sure to check here whether you are eligible for the various support measures.

Normally, you will need an additional licence when you use music in your online business. However we are making an exception to this as long as your business is compulsorily closed. So you do not need to apply for an additional licence. Your existing licence for music in your business will continue as usual.

Important: you may not have claimed Sabam’s solidarity contribution (i.e. a one-month discount on the copyright royalties) and it must of course concern the same activities. For example, a sports club may not suddenly stream music concerts online without permission.

Is your regular business reopening and would you like to continue your online business? Then apply for an additional licence quickly and easily via MyUnisono.
 

What happens if I don’t apply for a licence or apply too late?

Given the current situation, you no longer need to register your event 5 days in advance.

Please register your event the same day at the latest. For the time being, you do not have to pay any supplement for this.

If you don’t apply for a licence at all or your application is incomplete, the amount due will increase by 15% (with a minimum of € 100).

If you only have to pay copyright royalties or the Fair Remuneration, then the above minimum amounts will be halved.

What is the difference between copyright royalties and the Fair Remuneration?

Copyright royalties are a fee for authors, composers and publishers. They are entitled to this fee when their works are used in public. For example, if you use or show works by composers, writers, filmmakers,… at your event or in your business.

The Fair Remuneration, i.e. the banner under which neighbouring rights royalties are invoiced, is a fee for music producers, artists and musicians. They are entitled to this fee when their (music) recording is played in public. For example, if you play recorded music during an event or in the background in a bar, restaurant, hairdressing salon, shop, etc.

Do I get a refund if I stop my activities?

Yes, if you permanently cease your activities in the first six months of the calendar year, you are entitled to a refund of 50% of the fee paid for that same year. Be sure to apply for this refund via our contacform.

In all other cases (e.g. you have only stopped using music or you have gone bankrupt), we cannot offer you a refund.

Please note that any refund will apply to both the copyright royalties and the Fair Remuneration.

Who can I contact if I have any questions about my Unisono invoice?

From 1 January 2020, please use the contact form on our website to get in touch with us.

Using audiovisual works

Can I use existing images in my documentary, presentation

You can use existing film material provided that you have the written permission of the owner of the footage (production house, film producer, TV station,…). You have to contact the owner yourself.

Film screening

Are you organising a film screening in Flanders or Brussels? Then please contact Bevrijdingsfilms. If they represent the film, they will calculate and invoice you the copyright royalties due. If the
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Using audiovisual works

Can I use existing images in my documentary, presentation

You can use existing film material provided that you have the written permission of the owner of the footage (production house, film producer, TV station,…). You have to contact the owner yourself.

Film screening

Are you organising a film screening in Flanders or Brussels? Then please contact Bevrijdingsfilms. If they represent the film, they will calculate and invoice you the copyright royalties due. If the
I'm organising a film screening. What do I have to do to be in order?

To organise a film screening in Flanders and Brussels, you should first contact the association Bevrijdingsfilms.

If they represent the chosen film, they will calculate and invoice the copyright royalties for both the music and the images.

If the film is not represented by Bevrijdingsfilms, you must notify Unisono of the film screening at least 5 days before the screening via MyUnisono (FR version - NL version), our online registration module with which you can submit an application in just a few clicks. The copyrights for the music in the film are then taken care of. You can find the applied rate here (FR - NL).

It is also important that you contact the producer(s)/distributor of the film. These details can be found on the cover of the film, video, DVD,…

To organise a film screening in Wallonia, the same procedure applies. In this case however, you have to contact the association Libération Films.

DJ licence

I’m no longer active as a DJ. Do I still have to pay my invoice?

You can stop your DJ licence at any time via the contact form.

What happens to the money I pay for my DJ licence?

The fee you pay for the DJ licence concerns neighbouring rights royalties. This is a remuneration for the owners of the recordings, i.e. the music producers, who are represented by SIMIM.

Dj licence

If you wish to apply for a DJ licence, you can do this quite simply via MyUnisono. Once the invoice has been paid, the DJ licence will be sent to you via e-mail. Yearly fee 2020 € 221.98 + 6% VAT Rate
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DJ licence

I’m no longer active as a DJ. Do I still have to pay my invoice?

You can stop your DJ licence at any time via the contact form.

What happens to the money I pay for my DJ licence?

The fee you pay for the DJ licence concerns neighbouring rights royalties. This is a remuneration for the owners of the recordings, i.e. the music producers, who are represented by SIMIM.

Dj licence

If you wish to apply for a DJ licence, you can do this quite simply via MyUnisono. Once the invoice has been paid, the DJ licence will be sent to you via e-mail. Yearly fee 2020 € 221.98 + 6% VAT Rate
What if I don't have a DJ licence?

If we find out during an inspection that you are using copies but do not have a DJ licence, you can still apply for a DJ licence at that time and pay the annual fee.

If you do not wish to apply for a DJ licence, you risk having to pay damages amounting to twice the annual fee. In that case, you will also have to pay the transport and assessment costs (€ 125 + 21% VAT).

Why do I need a DJ licence? The organiser of the party where I will be playing has already requested a licence from Unisono.

Normally you are only allowed to copy your own music collection for private use. With a DJ licence however, you may copy your music as part of your activities as a DJ. This concerns the neighbouring rights.

The organiser of a party needs a licence from Unisono because he plays music at a party. This concerns the performing rights and the Fair Remuneration for a so-called ‘communication to the public’.

When do I need a DJ licence?

Do you only use original CDs, records or original downloads? Then you don't need a licence. But if you use copies, a DJ licence is required (for example, if you burn a compilation CD).

An original download is the first recording of this download on a computer or smartphone. Making a copy on another computer, external hard disk, smartphone, MP3 player, USB stick, CD-R, etc. is only allowed for private use.

How do I request a DJ licence?

You can easily do this via our website.

Once you have submitted your request, you will receive a confirmation email and an invoice with the fee for the remaining months of the year. Once we have received your payment, we will send you the DJ licence. The licence is valid until 31 December and will be renewed automatically afterwards.

How much does a DJ licence cost?

In 2019, the annual fee for a DJ licence is € 234.40 including VAT.

If you apply for a DJ licence during the year, we will calculate the fee for the remaining months of the year. In December, you will automatically receive an invoice for the renewal of your DJ licence for one year.

Releasing a CD or DVD

I want to use music in a video. Am I allowed to do that?

Do you want to use a protected song in a video you made? In that case, you must first and foremost obtain permission from the publisher. Contact details for the publisher can be found in our catalogue.

Also keep in mind that in addition to the copyright (managed by an authors' society such as Sabam) there are also neighbouring rights (such as the rights of the producer who is responsible for the recording). If you want to make certain videos available on the Internet, the producers must grant you permission beforehand.

May I duplicate on CD-R myself?

This is certainly possible, but you must first and foremost send us an application for reproduction. You can easily do this via MyUnisono (FR version - NL version).

The collection amounts to 8% on the retail price of the CD (excluding VAT), with an absolute minimum of:

    - € 60 per application for reproduction of singles (2 works / max. 10min.)

    - € 125 per application for reproduction of albums (18 works / max. 80min.)


The rate is per copy and is increased by 6% VAT.

It is also mandatory to attach a tamper-proof and non-reusable hologram to each CD-R.

This hologram costs € 0.09 each (incl. VAT) and will automatically be added to your invoice.


For your information:
Under ‘label’ you fill in the name of the music label. If you release the work yourself, you can choose any name you want. As far as Sabam is concerned, your label name has then been created and no further formalities need to be completed.

Under ‘catalogue number’ you enter the catalogue number of the release. A catalogue number is always ascending. If you self-release the work, please use an abbreviation of the label name and the numbers 01 for your first release.

Under ‘graphic reproduction’, please only tick ‘yes’ if you are using protected images on the cover of the work.

Be sure to take a look at our brochure for music on a sound carrier (FR - NL). 

I want to use music in a video and then put it online. Am I allowed to do that?

In order to be allowed to use a song in a video, you must first request permission from the publisher of that song. Contact details for the publisher can be found in our catalogue.

Once that is done, you obviously want to share your video online as soon as possible. Please keep in mind that when you put something online, this constitutes a communication to the public, for which you will need a licence from Unisono and SIMIM.

You can apply for a licence via our online registration module MyUnisono (FR version - NL version). Here (FR - NL) you will find the rates for the use of music on a website.

Also keep in mind that in addition to the copyright (managed by an authors' society such as Sabam) there are also neighbouring rights (such as the rights of the producer who is responsible for the recording). If you want to make certain videos available on the Internet, the producers must grant you permission beforehand.

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Releasing a CD or DVD

I want to use music in a video. Am I allowed to do that?

Do you want to use a protected song in a video you made? In that case, you must first and foremost obtain permission from the publisher. Contact details for the publisher can be found in our catalogue.

Also keep in mind that in addition to the copyright (managed by an authors' society such as Sabam) there are also neighbouring rights (such as the rights of the producer who is responsible for the recording). If you want to make certain videos available on the Internet, the producers must grant you permission beforehand.

May I duplicate on CD-R myself?

This is certainly possible, but you must first and foremost send us an application for reproduction. You can easily do this via MyUnisono (FR version - NL version).

The collection amounts to 8% on the retail price of the CD (excluding VAT), with an absolute minimum of:

    - € 60 per application for reproduction of singles (2 works / max. 10min.)

    - € 125 per application for reproduction of albums (18 works / max. 80min.)


The rate is per copy and is increased by 6% VAT.

It is also mandatory to attach a tamper-proof and non-reusable hologram to each CD-R.

This hologram costs € 0.09 each (incl. VAT) and will automatically be added to your invoice.


For your information:
Under ‘label’ you fill in the name of the music label. If you release the work yourself, you can choose any name you want. As far as Sabam is concerned, your label name has then been created and no further formalities need to be completed.

Under ‘catalogue number’ you enter the catalogue number of the release. A catalogue number is always ascending. If you self-release the work, please use an abbreviation of the label name and the numbers 01 for your first release.

Under ‘graphic reproduction’, please only tick ‘yes’ if you are using protected images on the cover of the work.

Be sure to take a look at our brochure for music on a sound carrier (FR - NL). 

I want to use music in a video and then put it online. Am I allowed to do that?

In order to be allowed to use a song in a video, you must first request permission from the publisher of that song. Contact details for the publisher can be found in our catalogue.

Once that is done, you obviously want to share your video online as soon as possible. Please keep in mind that when you put something online, this constitutes a communication to the public, for which you will need a licence from Unisono and SIMIM.

You can apply for a licence via our online registration module MyUnisono (FR version - NL version). Here (FR - NL) you will find the rates for the use of music on a website.

Also keep in mind that in addition to the copyright (managed by an authors' society such as Sabam) there are also neighbouring rights (such as the rights of the producer who is responsible for the recording). If you want to make certain videos available on the Internet, the producers must grant you permission beforehand.

I'm releasing an album of my own with only my own songs. Do I have to pay reproduction rights?

Are you an associate of Sabam and do we manage your rights? Then the mechanical reproduction rights have to be paid, even if you release your own works on a sound carrier (self-production).

You may however be eligible for a copyright exemption (limited to a maximum of 1000 copies per catalogue number) if you meet the conditions below. There is also an administrative cost of € 50 (+ 21% VAT) per licence application.

  • the author(s)/composer(s) is/are 100% owner of all works on the sound carrier;
  • the applicant may not be a legal entity (non-profit association, private limited company,...);
  • the manufacturing costs are entirely at the expense of the author(s)/composer(s);
  • the works may not have been published at the time of the application;
  • Sabam has no obligation to the publisher if the works are published AFTER the self-released production. The author(s)/composer(s) is/are in that case directly liable to the publisher if the latter claims the copyrights for the pressing concerned;
  • the exemption only applies to authors/composers who are members of Sabam;
  • the application of the exemption must be explicitly requested.

Be sure to take a look at our brochure for music on a sound carrier (FR - NL).  

I am bringing out a release without Unisono repertoire. What should I do?

Are you releasing a CD or record with songs that are not represented by Sabam according to you? Then please state this clearly on your licence application in MyUnisono (FR version - NL version) and ask the authors/composers involved to fill in and sign this document. Please attach this document to your application.

Even if Sabam does not represent the repertoire, you have to submit a licence application. We will then provide you and the presser with a ‘declaration of non-intervention’. This way the presser knows that he may produce the sound carriers.

Be sure to take a look at our brochure for music on a sound carrier (FR - NL).  

What is an ISRC code and where can I get such a code?

ISRC (International Standard Recording Code) is an international identification system for sound recordings and music videos. It is a unique and permanent identification of a particular recording and can be encoded as a digital fingerprint in a publication of that recording.

Would you like to use an ISRC code? Then please contact SIMIM.

What do I have to do to release a CD, DVD, record,…?

If you want to release a sound carrier (CD, DVD, record, etc.), you must first provide us with an application for reproduction. You can easily do this via MyUnisono (FR version - NL version).

After we have processed your application, we will send the ‘permission to press’ both to you and to the presser. However, the permission only becomes final after payment of the invoice.

For a CD:

The collection amounts to 8% on the retail price (excluding VAT), with an absolute minimum of:

    - € 0.2576 for a single (2 works / max. 10min.)

    - € 0.3968 for a maxi single (4 works / max. 20min.)

    - € 0.8312 for an album (18 works / max. 80min.)
 

For a vinyl record:

The collection amounts to 8% on the retail price of the record (excluding VAT), with an absolute minimum of:

    - € 0.4048 for a 45 rpm + EP

    - € 0.4144 for a 33 rpm LP

The rate is per copy and is increased by 6% VAT.

For your information:
Under ‘label’ you fill in the name of the music label. If you release the work yourself, you can choose any name you want. As far as Sabam is concerned, your label name has then been created and no further formalities need to be completed.

Under ‘catalogue number’ you enter the catalogue number of the release. A catalogue number is always ascending. If you self-release the work, please use an abbreviation of the label name and the numbers 01 for your first release.

Under ‘graphic reproduction’, please only tick ‘yes’ if you are using protected images on the cover of the work.

Be sure to take a look at our brochure for music on a sound carrier (FR - NL).  

Where can I apply for a barcode?

If you want more information about a barcode, please contact GS1 (FR - NL).

Am I obligated to work with a recognised presser?

If you want to duplicate repertoire of Sabam or of its sister societies, please contact an independent, recognised presser (FR - NL). 

What should I do if I want to release a DVD?

For a music DVD (e.g. recording of a concert), please submit your application for reproduction via eLicensing (FR version - NL version).

The collection amounts to 8% on the retail price (excl. VAT), with an absolute minimum of:

    - € 0.2576 for 2 works / max. 10 min.

    - € 0.3968 for 4 works / max. 20 min.

    - € 0.8312 for 18 works / max. 80 min.

If it concerns the reproduction of an audiovisual production containing musical works from the Sabam repertoire, you need a licence. Please provide us with the form ‘Licence application for the use of music in an audiovisual production’ FR - NL (for the sake of clarity: an audiovisual production has music in the background, whereas a music DVD has music in the foreground.)

The fee due corresponds to 3.5% of the wholesale price. We take into account the duration of the music in relation to the total duration of the film. However, it is important to note that a minimum fee of € 0.11 per copy applies (or per DVD if it concerns a box).

Are the director(s) and/or screenwriter(s) also affiliated to Sabam? Then you pay an additional fee that corresponds to 6.10% of the wholesale price (with a minimum fee of € 0.19 per copy or per DVD if it concerns a box).

Attention: we cannot decide whether or not you may use a certain track in an audiovisual work. You have to arrange this directly with the rightholders or their publisher and possibly the producer of the recording. You can look up the contact details of the rightholders via our website.

I want to bring out a free release, what should I do?

If you want to release a sound carrier (CD, DVD, record, etc.), you must first provide us with an application for reproduction. You can easily do this via MyUnisono (FR version - NL version).

After we have processed your application, we will send the ‘permission to press’ both to you and to the presser. However, the permission only becomes final after payment of the invoice.

The collection amounts to:

    - € 0.2576 for a single (2 works / max. 10min.)

    - € 0.3968 for a maxi single (4 works / max. 20min.)

    - € 0.8312 for an album (18 works / max. 80min.)
 

The rate is per copy and is increased by 6% VAT.

For your information:
Under ‘label’ you fill in the name of the music label. If you release the work yourself, you can choose any name you want. As far as Sabam is concerned, your label name has then been created and no further formalities need to be completed.

Under ‘catalogue number’ you enter the catalogue number of the release. A catalogue number is always ascending. If you self-release the work, please use an abbreviation of the label name and the numbers 01 for your first release.

Under ‘graphic reproduction’, please only tick ‘yes’ if you are using protected images on the cover of the work.

Be sure to take a look at our brochure for music on a sound carrier (FR - NL).  

Organising an event

Why is the content I want to stream live via Facebook, YouTube,... blocked?
If a streaming platform blocks your content, Sabam has no hand in this. As a matter of fact, Sabam has a licence with those streaming platforms, so you can stream live as much as you want.

It is often the rights holders themselves who have your content blocked by the streaming platform. It is best to ask questions about this directly to the platform that blocked your content. They are the only ones who can help you with this.
 
What if I partially or mostly play royalty-free music at my event?

For parties we work with a ‘blanket licence’. This means that you get permission to play all works from both the Sabam repertoire and from the repertoire of foreign copyright management organisations with which Sabam has entered into a reciprocal agreement.

If not a single performed song is part of the repertoire represented by Sabam, you do not have to pay any copyright royalties. However, that chance is small. Because together with its foreign colleagues Sabam manages more than 95 percent of the world repertoire. You can check here whether or not the music you use is represented by Sabam.

Keep in mind you will always have to pay the Fair Remuneration for the performing artists and the music producers of that music. After all, the Fair Remuneration is conceived as a ‘compulsory licence’: rightholders cannot object to the playing of their repertoire, but in exchange for this exception to their property rights, they are entitled to fair remuneration. So be sure to always apply for a licence via MyUnisono.

I'm organising an event. What should I do?

Are you organising an event? Then you can apply for a licence via MyUnisono (FR version - NL version), our online registration module with which you can submit an application in just a few clicks. Don’t forget to do this at least 5 days in advance.

You can also consult our general terms and conditions and rates in Dutch or in French on our website. 

We will process your application for the event. If there is any information missing, we will contact you by mail. You will receive the invoice afterwards.

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Why is the content I want to stream live via Facebook, YouTube,... blocked?
If a streaming platform blocks your content, Sabam has no hand in this. As a matter of fact, Sabam has a licence with those streaming platforms, so you can stream live as much as you want.

It is often the rights holders themselves who have your content blocked by the streaming platform. It is best to ask questions about this directly to the platform that blocked your content. They are the only ones who can help you with this.
 
What if I partially or mostly play royalty-free music at my event?

For parties we work with a ‘blanket licence’. This means that you get permission to play all works from both the Sabam repertoire and from the repertoire of foreign copyright management organisations with which Sabam has entered into a reciprocal agreement.

If not a single performed song is part of the repertoire represented by Sabam, you do not have to pay any copyright royalties. However, that chance is small. Because together with its foreign colleagues Sabam manages more than 95 percent of the world repertoire. You can check here whether or not the music you use is represented by Sabam.

Keep in mind you will always have to pay the Fair Remuneration for the performing artists and the music producers of that music. After all, the Fair Remuneration is conceived as a ‘compulsory licence’: rightholders cannot object to the playing of their repertoire, but in exchange for this exception to their property rights, they are entitled to fair remuneration. So be sure to always apply for a licence via MyUnisono.

I'm organising an event. What should I do?

Are you organising an event? Then you can apply for a licence via MyUnisono (FR version - NL version), our online registration module with which you can submit an application in just a few clicks. Don’t forget to do this at least 5 days in advance.

You can also consult our general terms and conditions and rates in Dutch or in French on our website. 

We will process your application for the event. If there is any information missing, we will contact you by mail. You will receive the invoice afterwards.

Do I need to apply for a licence if I want to livestream a play or other dramatic work?
You do indeed need a licence from Unisono. This is taken care of as much as possible in consultation with the authors involved. It is therefore best to contact us in advance.
My event is private or organised in a family setting. Do I have to report it to Unisono?

If you organise a free event (no entrance fee, no artist fee, no sponsorship and no commercial purposes) that is not advertised and that takes place within the family circle, in this case, you do not need to obtain a license from Unisono.

I have not yet received an invoice for my event?

No problem. If you have submitted your application to Unisono, then the event may take place.

If you submitted your application via MyUnisono (FR version - NL version), you can follow the status of your application online.

Is there any information missing that we need for invoicing? Then we will contact you by mail. You will receive the invoice afterwards.

When do I not have to pay copyright royalties?

You do not have to pay any copyright royalties:

  1. if the work is not part of the Sabam repertoire or of the repertoire of its sister societies;
  2. if the work is part of the public domain.

In the second case, the surviving author of the work passed away more than seventy years ago. So we don't manage those works (anymore).

There is however one exception to this: an author or composer who creates an arrangement or adaptation of a work from the public domain. If that author or composer is himself a member of Sabam or of a foreign copyright society, we consider this arrangement or adaptation as a new work. And we will manage the rights for this new version.

Do I have to pay Unisono if I play foreign music?

Unisono’s aim is to grant licences for the repertoire:

  • of the authors, represented by Sabam;
  • of the performing artists, represented by PlayRight;
  • and of the music producers, represented by Simim.

These three organisations represent the repertoires of their members and have concluded agreements with sister organisations abroad to also represent the rights of their members, and vice versa. This means that Unisono must also act on behalf of the members of other management organisations abroad. Unisono therefore does not only represent the repertoire of its Belgian members.

Playing foreign music in your business does not mean you don’t have to pay your Unisono invoice.

I want to install a screen during an event. How do I handle this?

As protected works will be communicated to the public, you will have to submit a licence application to Unisono.

If you already have a licence - as a catering manager - for audio equipment and want to temporarily install an audiovisual device, you can consult the possibilities in the rate for daily use (FR - NL).

If you are organising an event to broadcast television images, therate for sporadic use (FR - NL) applies.

When organising, for example, a party (rate for parties : FR - NL), the installation of a screen is included.

We recommend that you make your request via MyUnisono.

We are a non-profit organisation. Can we claim a discount or exemption?

Unisono is obliged to always collect for the use of the repertoire of its members and that of its sister organisations.

After all, we cannot decide on their behalf what happens to their royalties. Therefore, we cannot grant an exemption or discount.

I’m organising an event in a hall that already has a licence for ‘Multipurpose halls’. Do I still have to pay anything to Unisono?

Yes, because a licence for multipurpose halls is only valid for the Fair Remuneration in the first place, not for the copyright royalties.

Moreover, there are 2 types of licences for multipurpose halls:

  • A licence ‘with drinks’;
  • A licence ‘with dance’. 

Whether or not you need to apply for an extra licence for the Fair Remuneration depends on the type of licence of the hall and the type of event you are organising there.

For example: you are organising a banquet (without dance) in a hall of which the owner has a licence ‘with drinks’. In that case, you do not have to apply for a licence for your event as far as the Fair Remuneration is concerned. On the other hand, if you are organising a party at the same location, then you will have to apply for an additional licence with Unisono as far as the Fair Remuneration is concerned because the licence of the hall is not valid for events that offer dance facilities.

Via MyUnisono (FR - NL), you can check quickly and easily whether the hall of your event has a licence for the Fair Remuneration, depending on the type of event you are organising there.

Please note that for music use during an event, you always need to apply for a licence with Unisono covering the copyright royalties.

Do I have to apply for a licence when I want to livestream a party, workshop, living room performance, DJ set,...?

In most cases not because Sabam has already concluded a copyright licence with the main streaming platforms, including Facebook and YouTube. When you stream live via one of these platforms, you do not need to apply for a licence from us. The full list of platforms that are already licensed can be found here.

Please note that your initiative may not have a commercial purpose. If you ask a financial contribution from the viewers/listeners or if you pay a fee to the performing artists, then please apply for your licence at the usual streaming rates here.

Temporary exception: as long as the COVID-19 measures apply, you may also stream live via a platform that is not on the list and therefore does not have a licence from Sabam. However, you are still not allowed to have a commercial purpose. Until when this exception applies, depends on what the government decides in the coming weeks. Be sure to keep an eye on our website!
 

I have a question about the amount on my invoice.

You can find all rates on our website, both for daily use (FR - NL) and for events (FR - NL)

Or contact us via the contact form. Please don’t forget to specify your customer number as well as the invoice number.

Events

Then you could well use part of Unisono's (inter)national repertoire. You need a licence for this – and have to apply for this licence to us in advance.

Reproducing a work of visual art

Are there exceptions to the reproduction right?

Yes, there are. According to the Code of Economic Law, there are three exceptions where the author cannot oppose a reproduction:

  • When short fragments of works or complete works of visual art are communicated to the public in a report on current events.
  • In the case of reproduction and public communication for advertising purposes, public exhibitions or public sales of artistic works, in so far as it is necessary for the promotion of those events.
  • When a work is quoted for the purpose of criticism, polemics, reviews, education, or in the context of scientific works. However, you do have to state the source and the name of the author.

All exceptions must be interpreted restrictively.

Visual arts

Unisono also manages the rights of visual artists, photographers, graphic designers, painters, sculptors, architects, installation artists, cartoonists, etc. According to copyright law, you have to
With which countries does Sabam have a reciprocal agreement for visual arts?

Here you will find the list of countries with which Sabam had concluded a reciprocal agreement.

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Are there exceptions to the reproduction right?

Yes, there are. According to the Code of Economic Law, there are three exceptions where the author cannot oppose a reproduction:

  • When short fragments of works or complete works of visual art are communicated to the public in a report on current events.
  • In the case of reproduction and public communication for advertising purposes, public exhibitions or public sales of artistic works, in so far as it is necessary for the promotion of those events.
  • When a work is quoted for the purpose of criticism, polemics, reviews, education, or in the context of scientific works. However, you do have to state the source and the name of the author.

All exceptions must be interpreted restrictively.

Visual arts

Unisono also manages the rights of visual artists, photographers, graphic designers, painters, sculptors, architects, installation artists, cartoonists, etc. According to copyright law, you have to
With which countries does Sabam have a reciprocal agreement for visual arts?

Here you will find the list of countries with which Sabam had concluded a reciprocal agreement.

Declaration

If the author of the work you want to use is a member of Sabam or another authors' association, you can contact us for permission. In exchange, we ensure that the royalties are correctly passed on to
Can I obtain a royalty-free licence to reproduce a work of art, photo, text or poem?

Yes, but only the author of the original work or his/her heirs can grant a royalty-free permission, not the copyright society.

Can an owner of an original work reproduce this work without permission?

No, unless the owner is also the author of the work. If this is not the case, he must obtain permission for the reproduction.

The reproduction right always remains in the hands of the author or his/her heirs, even if the original work is no longer in their possession.

Rate

The royalties due for a reproduction of a literary work or a work of art vary according to the medium, the number of reproductions, the format of the medium, the format of the reproduction, etc. All
Do I need permission to quote a work (film, text, music, photo,...) by another author?

It is sometimes said that you can reproduce extracts of works (music, films, texts, etc.) without permission as long as these extracts are not too long. That's not true.

There is a right to quote, but this is subject to certain conditions (see Article XI.189 §1 of the Code of Economic Law):

  1. The quotation must be made in the context of criticism, polemics, reviews, education or scientific work.
  2. The quotation must be justified in the context of the objective you have in mind. The extract should therefore not be longer than necessary to clarify what is to be explained.
  3. The title of the work and the name of the author must be stated.
  4. The quotation must come from a work that has already been made public. Quoting a work that an author has not yet wished to make public amounts to a violation of his/her right to disclosure.

Please make sure that the permission covers both copyright and any neighbouring rights (rights of producers, performing artists and broadcasting organisations).

And keep in mind that the rightholders have an exclusive right and are therefore free to impose their conditions.

What is the reproduction right?

The reproduction right constitutes copyright royalties collected for the reproduction of an existing work on different types of media (e.g. paper media such as a book, brochure, flyer, etc., internet pages, television images, merchandising,…).

How do I find a publisher for the publication of a manuscript?

If you are looking for a publisher, please contact one of the following associations:

For Dutch speakers:

Vlaamse Uitgeversvereniging (VUV) - Te Boelaerlei 37 - 2140 Borgerhout - Tel. 03/287.66.92 http://www.boek.be/   

For French speakers:  

Association des Editeurs Belges (ADEB) - Boulevard Lambermont 140/1 - 1030 Brussels - Tel. 02/241.65.80 http://www.adeb.be/

What should I do if I want to reproduce a work of art, photo, text or poem?

In order to reproduce a work of art, photo, text or poem, all you have to do is send us a completed licence application (FR - NL).

Using music in a theatre play

When do I have to report the receipts?

We ask you to report the receipts within eight days after a performance or after the last performance in a series of performances.

You can also do this at a later date if you ask us a substantiated question within eight days.

If you don't report your receipts on time, we will calculate the royalties due on the basis of a full venue.

Theatre & dance

Are you planning to perform a play? Or do you want to organise a stand-up comedy event? Then apply for a licence online via MyUnisono Application for permission for theatre and dance (NL) - (FR) The
We use pre-existing music in our theatre performance. How much does this cost?

If you use pre-existing music in your theatre play, the amount due depends on the number of minutes you play music. It is therefore important to provide us with a list of the songs along with their duration. You can find the rate here.

This rate only applies if the rightholders of the musical works that are used in the performance have given their prior consent for this use. Via this link you can consult our repertoire.

Using music in a video

What is the synchronisation right?

The synchronisation right is the right of the composer or publisher of a work to decide whether someone may use (a part of) his musical work in a different context than the original.

Examples of this are:

- in TV or cinema films with short, medium or long playing time and documentaries that can be viewed in the cinema or on TV

- commercial, promotional and/or advertising products, such as:

- gadgets
- tablets
- smartphones
- toys
- greeting cards
- merchandising
- audiovisual products
- multimedia product
- non-commercial productions
- advertisements

Where can I find library music?

Here are the websites where you can find library music (also known as stock music or production music):

CTM Entertainment Barastraat 175
1070 Anderlecht
+32 2 560 21 15
info@ctmentertainment.be ctmentertainment.be
G7 MUSIC SPRL
Mr. Timothy Hagelstein
313 Rue Trieu Kaisin
6061 Charleroi
+32 71/53 51 10
info@g7music.be
caracol-france@wanadoo.fr
g7music.be
MUSIC & IMAGES
Mevr. Annemie Hendrikx
Eugène Plaskylaan 179
1030 Brussel
(02)612.17.89
(0475)83.42.16
annemie@musicandimages.be musicandimages.be
universalproductionmusic.com
emipm.com
DE WOLFE MUSIC/Hebra Records/UpperMood
Mme. Alice Dulac
Rue du Château d’eau 6
1390 Grez-Doiceau
(010)60.24.10
(0472) 39.24.89
alice@uppermood.be dewolfemusic.com
SMI Production Music
Dhr. Joël Cleuren
Broosveldstraat 2A
3570 Alken
(011)59.90.00
joel@smipm.com smipm.com

How do I take care of the synchronisation rights?

1. Existing music

Option 1: the work has been published.
Please contact the publisher(s). The contact details can be found in our online catalogue.

Option 2: the work has not been published.
Please contact us.

Existing recording

Follow option 1 or 2 and also contact the owner of the recording rights (i.e. the record company or the producer).

All rightholders may prohibit the use of their work. Are you allowed to use the work? Then they may determine the corresponding fee. There is no minimum or maximum fee.

2. Library music

Library music (also known as stock music or production music) consists of repertoire that has been composed and/or compiled to accompany audio(visual) productions.

Several publishers manage such a repertoire. They represent both the authors and the rightholders of the recordings.

Do you want to use library music? Please ask us for permission, because we manage the rights. It is not possible to obtain permission from one of the publishers.

You will find an overview of companies that sell library music on this page.

 

3. Original music

Do you have music composed for your production? Then you make a direct agreement with the composer. With this standard agreement, you can make clear arrangements.

Is the composer a member of Sabam or another authors' association? Then he will also register his work there.

4. Music from the public domain

Music from the public domain is free of copyright. This concerns works of which the surviving author or composer died more than seventy years ago.

Existing recording

Are you using an existing recording? If so, please contact the record company concerned first.

Using music in a business

How much does a Unisono licence for music in companies cost?

The Unisono rates for music in companies are based on the following criteria:

  • the surface area: for the rate ‘music in dining areas’.
  • the number of FTEs (full-time equivalents) in the social balance sheet as at 31 December of the year before invoicing: for the rates music at the workplace, the combination rate, staff parties and background music on the website.
  • the number of external telephone lines: for the rate telephone hold music.

You can find the general rate for music in companies on unisono.be

I only use the TV in my business for sports and news broadcasts. Why do I receive an invoice from Unisono?

Broadcasters such as CNN and Sporza also play advertising, reports and music during, before or after their sports or news broadcasts, so these include works that are represented by Unisono.

Daily use

You can conclude a contract with us. How much you have to pay depends on the type of business that you have, the size of your business,… In exchange you get a licence that allows you to make free use of our repertoire.
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How much does a Unisono licence for music in companies cost?

The Unisono rates for music in companies are based on the following criteria:

  • the surface area: for the rate ‘music in dining areas’.
  • the number of FTEs (full-time equivalents) in the social balance sheet as at 31 December of the year before invoicing: for the rates music at the workplace, the combination rate, staff parties and background music on the website.
  • the number of external telephone lines: for the rate telephone hold music.

You can find the general rate for music in companies on unisono.be

I only use the TV in my business for sports and news broadcasts. Why do I receive an invoice from Unisono?

Broadcasters such as CNN and Sporza also play advertising, reports and music during, before or after their sports or news broadcasts, so these include works that are represented by Unisono.

Daily use

You can conclude a contract with us. How much you have to pay depends on the type of business that you have, the size of your business,… In exchange you get a licence that allows you to make free use of our repertoire.
I want to play a one-time sports match on a big screen. Do I have to pay copyright royalties for this?

You can apply for a licence via MyUnisono (FR version - NL version), our online registration module with which you can submit an application in just a few clicks. Don’t forget to do this at least 5 days in advance.

You can also consult our rates for events on our website. If you are looking for information on a particular tariff, you can find all of them here in Dutch or in French.

We will process your application for the event. If there is any information missing, we will contact you by mail. You will receive the invoice afterwards.

How do I apply for a licence for Music in companies?

Thanks to your licence from Sabam, you can use all national and international music. Apply for your licence now via MyUnisono (FR version NL version).

Click on ‘Register’ in the upper right corner and create an account. Then make your application via ‘Daily music use – Registration’.

Would you like to have an idea of the price in advance? Then you can first perform a simulation via ‘Daily music use – Simulation’. Or you can consult our general terms and conditions and rates on unison.be 

 
How many employees do I have to mention in the licence agreement for music in companies?
To calculate the royalties, we look at the total number of FTEs (full-time equivalents) included in the social balance sheet at 31 December of the year before invoicing. This number can be found in section 105 of the social balance sheet.

Do you employ fewer than 9 FTEs? Then you don’t have to pay any royalties for music on the work floor, in the dining areas or during your staff parties.

Is a large number of your employees unable to listen to music? Then you can request a  special arrangement via our website.
 
I only play music in my business via a streaming service. Do I still have to pay Unisono?

If you have a subscription to a streaming service such as Tunify and DJ-Matic, you pay them for making their repertoire available. No more, no less. If you would only listen to this music in your private life, you would not have to pay any royalties to us.

However, because you play this music in a public place (e.g. in a shop, restaurant, café, cinema or business premises), you also have to pay performing royalties and the Fair Remuneration. These royalties must be arranged via Unisono.

Attention: you may not just use any streaming service in a public place. Streaming services such as Spotify, YouTube, Deezer, Simfy and Omnifone are only intended for personal and non-commercial use. This is clearly stated in their general terms and conditions of use.

Click here for a list of streaming services that have an agreement with Sabam and are therefore allowed to provide music to be played in public places.

How can I terminate my licence for Music in companies?

Want to terminate your licence? You can easily do so via your personal MyUnisono account, our contact form or via company@unisono.be.
Please note that there is a difference between whether you effectively quit your business or just don't play music in your business anymore.

Are you still running your business but no longer using music?
Your licence for music in companies always runs until 31 December. Please let us know at least 1 month before the expiry date that you want to terminate it. If you do this too late, your licence will be extended by one year.

Are you quitting your business?

Please terminate your licence by mail and provide us with proof of the date of termination.

Examples of proof of termination:
• Proof of transfer of the business;
• Proof of termination of the rental agreement;
• Entry in the Belgian Official Gazette;
• Proof of VAT deregistration;
• Proof from the Crossroads Bank for Enterprises.

Without this proof, your licence will be terminated on December 31. In that case the fee for that same year is due in full.

If you permanently cease your activities in the first six months of the calendar year, you are entitled to a refund of 50% of the fee paid for that same year. Be sure to apply for this refund via our contacform.
Our general terms and conditions and rates can be found on unisono.be .


 

My business is not open all year round, but only during the season. Do I have to pay copyright royalties and the Fair Remuneration to Unisono for a whole year?

Is your (hospitality) business operated for a maximum of one uninterrupted quarter throughout the calendar year? Then you only pay 50% of the annual amount as far as the copyright royalties are concerned.

Is your (hospitality) business operated for a maximum of one uninterrupted semester throughout the calendar year? Then you pay 75% of the annual amount as far as the copyright royalties are concerned.

Is your (hospitality) business operated for less than 9 consecutive months during the calendar year? Then you pay the annual amount divided by ten, multiplied by the number of full calendar months in which your business is open as far as the Fair Remuneration is concerned.

How can I receive a duplicate of my invoice?

You can request a duplicate via our contact form.

Please include your customer number together with a brief description of the subject of the invoice.

Liberal profession: do I have to pay copyright royalties and the Fair Remuneration when I play music in the waiting room of my practice?

Liberal profession: do I have to pay copyright royalties and the Fair Remuneration when I play music in the waiting room of my practice?

You don’t have to pay the Fair Remuneration for playing music in your waiting room if you meet the following conditions:

  1. You practise a liberal profession*;
  2. The music can be heard through your intervention;
  3. There is a relatively fixed patient or client base;
  4. There are only a limited number of clients/patients present at the same time in the practice or waiting room;
  5. You do not intend to make a profit by playing music.

If you meet all of these conditions, you are exempt from paying the Fair Remuneration. You will however always have to pay copyright royalties for playing music in your waiting room.

If you sell goods, there is no exemption. This means pharmacists, opticians, etc. do have to pay the Fair Remuneration for playing music.

* Definition of a liberal profession: The practitioner of a liberal profession is any company that carries out a professional activity in an intellectually independent manner that mainly consists of intellectual services, has received the required training, and is subject to a disciplinary body established by law, including dentists and physiotherapists.

I already pay Unisono for music in my business. Why do I still need a separate licence to play music in staff rooms?

There is a difference between the use of music in a public space (e.g. a shop) and in staff rooms (e.g. offices).

When using music in a public space, as a company you need a Unisono licence for daily music use. This licence covers the copyright royalties (for authors, composers and publishers) and the Fair Remuneration (for performing artists and producers).

The licence is linked to a location and the calculation is based on the surface area of that location.

When using music in staff rooms (non-public space), you need a Unisono licence for music in companies. This licence too covers both the copyright royalties and the neighbouring rights royalties, but only for music use in offices, workshops and warehouses to which only your employees have access.

A licence for music in companies is linked to your company number. The calculation is based on the total number of FTEs (full-time equivalents) on the social balance sheet of the year before invoicing.

Do you have a licence for music use in a public space as well as a licence for music use in staff rooms? Then you can apply for a special arrangement in certain cases.

How can I terminate my licence for daily use?

Want to terminate your licence? You can easily do so via your personal MyUnisono account, our contact form or via stop@unisono.be.
Please note that there is a difference between whether you effectively quit your business or just don't play music in your business anymore.

Are you still running your business but no longer using music?
Your licence always runs until 31 December. Please let us know at least 1 month before the expiry date that you want to terminate it. If you do this too late, your licence will be extended by one year.

Are you quitting your business?

Please terminate your licence by mail and provide us with proof of the date of termination.

Examples of proof of termination:
• Proof of transfer of the business;
• Proof of termination of the rental agreement;
• Entry in the Belgian Official Gazette;
• Proof of VAT deregistration;
• Proof from the Crossroads Bank for Enterprises.

Without this proof, your licence will be terminated on December 31. In that case the fee for that same year is due in full.

If you permanently cease your activities in the first six months of the calendar year, you are entitled to a refund of 50% of the fee paid for that same year. Be sure to apply for this refund via our contacform.
Our general terms and conditions and rates can be found on unisono.be

 

What is a Unisono licence for music in companies?

The Unisono licence for music in companies applies to music:

  1. On the work floor and in the dining areas where only your staff comes;
  2. At your staff parties;
  3. On the telephone (e.g. when you put a customer on hold);
  4. On your websites.
I only play foreign music in my business. Why do I receive an invoice from Unisono?

Unisono’s aim is to grant licences for the repertoire:

  • of the authors, represented by Sabam;
  • of the performing artists, represented by PlayRight;
  • and of the music producers, represented by Simim.

These three organisations represent the repertoires of their members and have concluded agreements with sister organisations abroad to also represent the rights of their members, and vice versa. This means that Unisono must also act on behalf of the members of other management organisations abroad. Unisono therefore does not only represent the repertoire of its Belgian members.

Playing foreign music in your business does not mean you don’t have to pay your Unisono invoice.

Playlists & eLicensing

We only played a compilation CD / the radio was on. Is a playlist necessary?

Yes. Also in these cases it is useful for Unisono that you submit the playlist via MyUnisono (FR version - NL version). After all, we distribute the copyright royalties among the authors and composers involved based on your playlist.

If there is no playlist, we will distribute the royalties you paid over all playlists available for live performances or on the basis of ‘substitution lists' in case of a party.

We only played works by foreign artists. Is a playlist necessary?

Unisono’s aim is to grant licences for the repertoire:

  • of the authors, represented by Sabam;
  • of the performing artists, represented by PlayRight;
  • and of the music producers, represented by Simim.

These three organisations represent the repertoires of their members and have concluded agreements with sister organisations abroad to also represent the rights of their members, and vice versa. This means that Unisono must also act on behalf of the members of other management organisations abroad. Unisono therefore does not only represent the repertoire of its Belgian members.

Playing foreign music in your business does not mean you don’t have to pay your Unisono invoice.

I have submitted an incorrect/incomplete playlist. Can I still change it?

Once you have submitted the playlist via MyUnisono, you can no longer change it.

If you want to make changes, please send us the correct playlist via the contact form while specifying the reference number of your event (21/xxxxxxx).

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Playlists & eLicensing

We only played a compilation CD / the radio was on. Is a playlist necessary?

Yes. Also in these cases it is useful for Unisono that you submit the playlist via MyUnisono (FR version - NL version). After all, we distribute the copyright royalties among the authors and composers involved based on your playlist.

If there is no playlist, we will distribute the royalties you paid over all playlists available for live performances or on the basis of ‘substitution lists' in case of a party.

We only played works by foreign artists. Is a playlist necessary?

Unisono’s aim is to grant licences for the repertoire:

  • of the authors, represented by Sabam;
  • of the performing artists, represented by PlayRight;
  • and of the music producers, represented by Simim.

These three organisations represent the repertoires of their members and have concluded agreements with sister organisations abroad to also represent the rights of their members, and vice versa. This means that Unisono must also act on behalf of the members of other management organisations abroad. Unisono therefore does not only represent the repertoire of its Belgian members.

Playing foreign music in your business does not mean you don’t have to pay your Unisono invoice.

I have submitted an incorrect/incomplete playlist. Can I still change it?

Once you have submitted the playlist via MyUnisono, you can no longer change it.

If you want to make changes, please send us the correct playlist via the contact form while specifying the reference number of your event (21/xxxxxxx).

Why do I have to send a playlist?

It is on the basis of your playlist that the royalties you paid go to the right authors and composers. That’s why it’s important that Unisono has a list of the music played for each event.

You can send us the playlist via MyUnisono (FR version - NL version).

What if I don’t?

If there is no playlist, we will distribute the royalties you paid over all playlists available for live performances or on the basis of ‘substitution lists' in case of a party.

How do I submit a playlist via eLicensing?

You can submit your playlist via eLicensing (FR version - NL version)Please log in first. Then go to "My registrations".

- Click on the pencil of the event for which you have to fill in the playlist(s).

- Click on "Actions playlist".

- Fill in the playlist or delegate the playlist to, for instance, the artist or DJ.

If you choose to delegate the playlist, the artist or DJ will receive an e-mail with a link to the playlist. He or she does not need a separate login.

What if the artist has provided Unisono with the playlist himself?

If the artist has already completed the playlist, ask him or her for the reference number. You can then specify this number via your MyUnisono account.

Please do so by filling in the required fields for one work and filling in the reference number as a comment.

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