License to play music in pubs, bars, bar-restaurants

definition, as in other licenses: mechanical devices such as: audio systems of various types, audio files, discs, mobile phones , personal computers, laptops, tablets, radio, television, internet/online platforms for playing music

Arranging a license to play music in a grants the user permission to publicly perform protected works from the ACUM repertoire in the business:

  1. As background music from various mechanical means
  2. In shows of local artists and DJs in the business, provided no entrance fees are charged for them, and in addition there is no requirement to fulfill any condition for entry (such as a minimum order)
The music in the place of business is generally played at medium or high sound volume.
The music is a necessary and/or significant element of the business activity in the place.
Usually specific musical works or works from a specific music genre that match the target audience that frequents
the place of business are selected for playback.
The combination of the sound volume and the nature of the musical works played in the place of business is essential
to create the atmosphere and the entertainment experience for the customers.
The music defines the character of the place of business and the customer frequenting the place.
In a pub/bar/bar-restaurant food is also being served – ranging from basic food to more sophisticated/restaurant
level food – in addition to serving all kinds of intoxicating drinks.
Examples of different types of pub/bar/bar-restaurant (which for convenience will be labelled as "pub"):
a pub with a homey and warm/relaxed atmosphere, an Irish pub, a pub whose main activity is to host dating encounters/meetings,
a pub which is young and energetic, a pub for an older and more established population, a meeting place for friends,
a place with a neighborhood atmosphere and more.

The license does not include:

  1. Holding paying shows in the business (including shows to which entry is conditional on some kind of payment such as a minimum order) – link to the show reporting system(only in Hebrew).
  2. Performances by foreign artists or artist from abroad – either with entrance fees/ticket sales (including shows to which entry is subject to some kind of payment such as a minimum order), or free and without any entrance fees link to the show reporting system(only in Hebrew).
  3. Holding a business event with only background music or a business event with a show.
  4. A family event in the business.
For the above-mentioned uses, separate and additional licenses must be arranged and royalties must be paid in accordance with ACUM rates for each type of use

The main terms of the license

  1. Reporting requirements before playing music concerning the characteristics of the business and the use of protected works:
    Playing background music - the applicant for the license will contact ACUM and report the maximum seat capacity in the business and the number of days of weekly activity in the business Local artists' shows without entrance fees to the extent that local artists' shows (including artist performances and DJ performances) are held at the business, no entrance fees are charged for them and there is no requirement to fulfill any condition for entry (such as a minimum order) - the license applicant will report the number of days per week, and on which specific days, the shows take place.
  2. Acquisition of the annual license fee the applicant for the license will pay the annual license fee to ACUM in accordance with the parameters applicable to the business according to the ACUM tariff detailed below.
  3. First year discount a customer who arranges a license in the first year of opening his business will enjoy a discount of 10% of the rate - for the first year only. The discount will be granted on the condition that the royalties are paid to ACUM in the first year of operation of the business and subject to the production of official documents showing the opening date of the business.
  4. Seasonal annual activity will be billed proportionally to the months of activity

Limitations of the license: The license does not include use of the works in advertising, including the creation of a connection between the work/works and the product/service, use of moral rights, use of the right to create derivative works, performance rights, record rights and any other right not expressly mentioned therein.

Annual fee for playing background music from the ACUM repertoire through mechanical means of playback and performances by local artists and DJs without any entrance fees, and there is no requirement to fulfill any condition for entry (such as a minimum order).

2024 Tariff

Number of seats Amount per year in NIS (excluding VAT)
for a full activity week (7 days)
Until 30 4,268
45-31 5,720
60-46 7,256
75-61 8,535
100-76 10,838
125-101 12,803
150-125 14,509
Above 151 95 for each additional seat

General Conditions:

  1. The above tariffs are published by ACUM Ltd- the Authors, Composers & Music Publishers Society in Israel (hereinafter “ACUM”). The rates are determined at ACUM’s discretion and exclusive responsibility.
  2. These tariffs do not constitute license to use works from ACUM repertoire. To obtain a license, the client has to apply to ACUM in writing and prior the beginning of the usage of the work.
  3. The final license fees are calculated according to data and parameters relevant to each client. Any applicant for a license undertakes to provide ACUM with any information required for the calculation of feasible and appropriated license fees.
  4. ACUM reserves the right to change the tariffs from time to time.
  5. In case of contradiction between any terms of the published tariffs and  those on the license agreed and signed by the licensee, the content of this license shall take precedence.
  6. The sums detailed on the tariffs do not include Value Added Tax (VAT). VAT will be added to any payment according to its legal rate, against a tax invoice as required by law.
  7. All the above is subject to the terms applicable to ACUM according to the determinations of the Antitrust Tribunal.


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