Does Your DJ Require the MCPS-PRS ProDub Licence?
All DJs (based in the UK and Channel Islands) who transfer their music collection from vinyl or CD to MP3 or other digital format must hold a valid ProDub licence.
The ProDub licence is managed by the MCPS-PRS Alliance (Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society and Performing Rights Society). This non-profit organisation is responsible for the payment of royalties to writers, composers and music publishers.
Before booking a mobile disco, UK-Disco recommends you check with your DJ to ensure they are properly licenced. Simply ask the following questions:
Q. What format is your music stored in?
If the answer is MP3 / iTunes / WAV / FLAC or similar :
Q. Are your music files backed-up from Vinyl or CD?
If the answer is 'Yes' :
Q. Do you have a ProDub licence?
All DJs who have a ProDub licence are issued with a certificate from the MCPS-PRS Alliance. This should be made available to you, on request.
Members of the public can also validate a DJs membership by entering their DJs surname in the search box via the MCPS-PRS web site.
As part of a venues own public performance licence, they will be required to verify if your DJ requires a ProDub licence and if so, actually holds one. If your DJ doesn't hold the necessary proof, they could be prevented from setting-up, thus ruining your event.
UK-Disco now allows DJs to upload evidence they hold a ProDub licence to this site. When searching for a DJ, this should help you (the client) make an informed decision on who to book.