Music Subscription Costs

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This is a subject that has come up a lot more recently, and seems to be an expense a lot of companies have been trying to claim.

The main point to remember when thinking of putting costs like this through the company is, will you be using this for personal use also?  If this is a yes, then you are not able to claim this as a business expense as you are not able to confirm it is 100% for business use.

Another point to remember is also with subscriptions they do come with specific conditions of use.  Spotify are one of these subscriptions which hold specific terms of use.  You will find it hard to show how the product is being used for business without going against the terms and conditions, due to Spotify being a personal use service.  I have attached a link to their terms and conditions.  A main point to note is that they do not include public broadcast rights (noted in point 8).  What this means for your company is that you will not be able to use this in a way that others can listen in… it is for your ears only.

Spotify Terms and Conditions

Based on these points, if you still believe you are entitled to claim this, please let us know.

You may also wish to consider whether you need a licence to play music in your place of business.  This is in the form of either PRS or PPL music licence.  You may find that this is something your business should be paying for, and both licences may be needed.

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