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Tune Into The Benefits Of Using Music In Your Restaurant Or Café

As a restaurant or café owner you will be fully aware of the importance
of creating the right ambience to attract and keep customer patronage
in your restaurant. In creating this environment the music you provide is every bit as important as the interior design, food and beverage selection that you offer.

By taking out an IMRO licence you have instant access to the use of millions of high quality musical works covering all styles and tastes. Choosing to play music in your restaurant or café can have an impact on consumer behaviour and help drive your business forward and influence your profits.

Did You Know?

80% of people say they like to hear background music when they eat out!

A recent survey of diners in restaurants revealed that almost 1 in 4 diners surveyed were prepared to spend 5% more on food and drink in restaurants that played background music. These results highlight the link between music and profits, which is good news for restaurant and café owners who are seeking ways to improve their revenue.  (Source:

Copyright music is an important input into the success of your business.  However, its use does require that you obtain a music licence from The Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO).

How Much Does An IMRO Licence Cost?

The level of royalties due with regards to background and live music use in your restaurant or café is dependent on:

  • The number of live music sessions that take place in your premises and its capacity.
  • The seating capacity of your premises.

IMRO is happy to advise you about the cost of a licence for your particular business.

IMRO Restaurant & Cafe Tariff:

The tariff applies to the performances of copyright music within the repertoire controlled by IMRO in hotels, Dublin public houses, nightclubs, restaurants, guest houses and similar establishments.  

Contact Us:

IMRO Licensing Department at (01) 6614844 or by email at