General agreement

 

Music at the place of work

Whenever music is played in a company, association or public service at the place of work, then this company, association or public service must apply to Unisono for a user licence.

According to the Act of 4 August 1996 concerning the welfare of the employees in the performance of their work, the "place of work" is any place where work is performed, irrespective of whether this place is inside or outside the company, association or public service and irrespective of whether or not this place is in a closed room.

The tariff for this field of application is determined per legal entity at the level of the company, association or public service, taking the number of FTEs (full time equivalents) as the basis. This figure is always reported in the non-consolidated balance sheet for the reference year -1.

Payment of this tariff grants the right to play music at any place of work of the company, association or public service.

Number FTE Annual rate excl. 6% VAT
from to Sabam Simim
9 10 126,55 € 94,48 €
11 25 227,76 € 188,96 €
26 50 438,66 € 377,92 €
51 100 489,26 € 566,86 €
101 200 927,93 € 755,82 €
201 500 1940,22 € 944,78 €
501 1000 2733,16 € 1133,74 €
Each additional 100 FTE 210,90 € 47,23 €
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Company restaurants or canteens

A user licence from UNISONO is necessary if music is regularly played in the restaurants or canteens of the company, association or public service, or in the rooms that are used as such.

In this case the calculation method used by Sabam and Simim is not the same, but the basis for the calculation is: The number of square metres of space used. Each room or space in the company is tariffed differently.

For Sabam a distinction has to be made as to whether it is a pure audio rendering or an audiovisual rendering (picture and music, for example TV). For Simim the tariffs for pure audio rendering and audiovisual rendering are the same.

 

The Sabam tariff:
Sonorized surface Annual rate excl. 6% VAT
Up to 25m²  
  1. audio
  2. audiovisual
  1. 222,89 €
  2. 278,60 €
from 25,01m² to 50m²  
  1. audio
  2. audiovisual
  1. 334,33 €
  2. 417,90 €
from 50,01m² to 100m²  
  1. audio
  2. audiovisual
  1. 445,77 €
  2. 557,20 €
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Surcharge:

    If the floor area is larger than 100 m²: An increase on the basic amount of 25% per additional unit of 100 m² above the basic floor area of 100 m².
     

The Simim tariff:
Surface Annual rate excl. 6% VAT
from to  
0,01m² 100m² 147,62 €
101m² 200m² 183,05 €
201m² 300m² 218,48 €
301m² 400m² 253,91 €
401m² 500 289,34 €
Each additional 100 m² 35,43 €
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Combination tariff for the use of music at the place of work and in company restaurants and canteens.

Number FTE Annual rate excl. 6% VAT
from to Sabam Simim
9 10 295,25 € 165,34 €
11 25 379,62 € 283,44 €
26 50 657,98 € 529,08 €
51 100 792,95 € 736,93 €
101 200 1265,35 € 982,58 €
201 500 2108,92 € 1228,22 €
501 1000 3121,20 € 1473,85 €
Each additional 100 FTE 506,14 € 59,04 €
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If music is played both at the place of work and in the company restaurants or canteens or in rooms that are used as such in a company, association or public service, application can be made to UNISONO for a user licence for both types of music use at an advantageous combination tariff.

The following maximum amounts apply to all the above tariffs (music on the shop floor, music in company restaurants, of a combination of both):

Sabam

11809,74 €
Sabam (group registration) 17714,61 €
Simim 5904,87 €

This means in concrete terms that a company - irrespective of its size - will never have to pay more than these maximum amounts for the use of music on the shop floor, in company restaurants or both. All the following tariffs (staff parties, hold music and website background music) are not included in the maximum amounts.

 

Staff parties

Parties or celebrations are frequently organised in companies that are intended solely for the staff and their close relatives. For example, an anniversary, a retirement, the expansion of the company or the annual staff party. With a user licence from UNISONO you can settle the authors' and related rights royalties on an annual basis.

Number FTE Annual rate excl. 6% VAT
from to Sabam Simim
6 10 84,35 € 70,86 €
11 25 168,72 € 100,39 €
26 50 253,07 € 188,96 €
51 100 337,43 € 307,05 €
101 200 548,33 € 425,15 €
201 500 1054,47 € 1015,64 €
501 1000 1518,42 € 1960,42 €
Each additional 100 FTE 210,90 € 177,15 €
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The events covered by this annual agreement must satisfy all the following conditions:

  • The event takes place in on the premises (e.g. rooms or car park) of the company, association or public service (intra muros),
  • The event is intended exclusively for staff members and their close relatives (partners of staff members and first-degree relatives),
  • Admission to the event is free of charge,
  • There is no live music (live performances).

 

Important:

If you decide not to pay an annual royalty for all the events complying with the above cumulative conditions, a separate user licence has to be applied for to UNISONO for each event. This can be done by e-mail to unisono@sabam.be, or by letter to:
Sabam, c/o UNISONO,
Aarlenstraat 75-77,
1040 Brussels

In this case, too, the user licence applies for the authors' and related rights royalties and the payment is made for Sabam and Simim in one amount.

 

Attention:

All events that do NOT comply with the above cumulative conditions do not fall under the field of application of UNISONO. For this, separate licences must be applied for to SABAM (for the authors' rights) and to Billijke Vergoeding (for the related rights).