Catering and accommodation establishments
Licence fee rates for catering establishments (restaurants, bars, cafés, etc.)
The catering company’s license fee rate depends on the number of seats for visitors, whether only background music is played, whether music is also played by a DJ, and whether the use of music ends before or after midnight in this case. Also, the amount of the fee depends on whether the music is performed live.
For a live performance (a band or an artist) in a catering or accommodation establishment, a repertoire report shall be submitted in addition to the financial report, which can be found at the following website http://rep.eau.org.
|Number of seats||Background music||Background music and DJ 1-2 days per week||+ extra DJ per week or one event per month||Live music|
|Before midnight||After midnight||Before midnight||After midnight|
|1-20||19 € / month||38 € / month||72 € / month||10 € / month||14 € / month||20 €|
|21-50||24 € / month||48 € / month||130 € / month||13 € / month||27 € / month||22 €|
|51-100||43 € / month||86 € / month||184 € / month||22 € / month||36 € / month||25 €|
|101-150||55 € / month||110 € / month||231 € / month||28 € / month||45 € / month||28 €|
|151-200||83 € / month||166 € / month||294 € / month||42 € / month||53 € / month||33 €|
|201-300||108 € / month||216 € / month||389 € / month||55 € / month||71 € / month||36 €|
|301-400||129 € / month||258 € / month||427 € / month||65 € / month||75 € / month||40 €|
|each subsequent 100||+ 21 € / month||+ 42 € / month||+ 49 € / month||+ 11 € / month||+ 8 € / month||+ 5 €|
|over 1000||277 € / month||554 € / month||770€ / month||139 € / month||115 € / month||70 €|
Background music (or mechanical music in the sense of previous agreements) – music, the performance of which does not involve the performer(s) of the music at the location of the company specified in the agreement, but which is performed only through any technical means or process (radio, television, internet, etc.).
Live music – music that has been sung, played or performed in another way directly, i.e. in a live performance or with the accompaniment of a phonogram (for example, karaoke).
Variety or revue program – license fee is 16.50 € per day, regardless of whether the accompanying music of the variety or revue program was performed live or in a technically mediated performance. In the event that, in addition to the variety or revue program, background music or live music is performed at the location of the company specified in the contract, the Licensee shall pay, in addition to the license fee for the variety or revue program, a license fee in the amount specified in the table of music fees presented in the catering company.
The licence fee of an accommodation establishment depends on the following:
- for music played in public areas (lobby, corridor), the licence fee is based on the size of the accommodation establishment, i.e. the number of rooms;
- if the accommodation establishment also offers the possibility of listening to music in rooms (via radio and TV programmes or other technical facilities), the licence fee for music played in the rooms will be calculated according to the number of rooms in which these technical facilities are installed;
- the licence fee claimed for music played in catering establishments (restaurants, bars, cafés) within the accommodation establishment will depend on the number of catering establishments and will be subject to the licence fee rates of catering establishments.
In the payment of royalties for the right to use music, hotels and other places of accommodation are divided between two regions: region I includes accommodation establishments in Harju County, Tallinn, Tartu, Pärnu, and Haapsalu; region II includes accommodation establishments not located in region I.
The fee charged for music played in the rooms depends on the number of rooms in which music is offered via a technical device (radio, TV, etc.) or process.
|Number of rooms||Region I||Region II|
|1–150||1,00 € per room per month||0,80 € per room per month|
|151–200||179 € / per month||143 € / per month|
|for each additional 50 rooms||+ 27 € / per month||+ 22 € / per month|
The royalties for music played in the public areas of a hotel or other accommodation establishments (lobby, corridor) depend on the size of the hotel, i.e. the number of rooms.
|Number of rooms||Region I||Region I|
|1–50||14 € / per month||11 € / per month|
|51–100||21 € / per month||17 € / per month|
|101–200||33 € / per month||26 € / per month|
|201 or more||44 € / per month||35 € / per month|
NB! The licence fee rates shown here do not include the amount of VAT to be added by the EAÜ under the Value-Added Tax Act, which is calculated on the EAÜ’s commission and shown as a separate line on the invoice submitted by the EAÜ.
The royalty rates are valid from 1 April 2023 until 31 December 2023.
Contact persons for the EAÜ public performance licensing department
Public performance of musical works (region: Tallinn), licensing
Public performance of musical works; restaurants, pubs, clubs (outside of Tallinn), licensing