License for playing music from the ACUM repertoire in pubs, bars and bar-restaurants

The music played in the business is generally of medium volume and is a necessary and significant element for the business activity in the establishment. Usually, specific musical works or works from a certain musical genre are chosen to be played, which matches the target audience that frequents the place. The combination between the intensity of the music and the essence of the works played in the establishment is essential to create the atmosphere and the entertainment experience in the business. The music anchors the nature of the business and the clientele that frequents it. In a pub/bar/bar-restaurant, in addition to serving different types of intoxicating drinks, food is usually served at different levels, from basic food to restaurant-level food.

Examples of different types of pub, bar, bar-restaurant (which will be called “pub” for convenience):
A pub with a homely and warm/relaxed atmosphere, an Irish pub, a pub whose main activity is a dating place, a young and energetic pub, a pub for an older and established population, a place to meet with friends, a neighborhood atmosphere, and more.

Arranging a license to play music in a pub, bar, bar-restaurant grants the user permission to publicly perform protected works from the ACUM repertoire in the business:

  1. As background music from various mechanical means (audio systems of various types, audio files, discs, mobile phones, personal computers, laptops, tablets, radio, television, online internet platforms for playing music)
  2. In shows of local artists and DJs in the business, provided no entrance fees are charged for them, and in addition there is no requirement to fulfill any condition for entry (such as a minimum order)
    The license does not include:
  3. Holding paying shows in the business (including shows to which entry is conditional on some kind of payment such as a minimum order) – link to login to the show reporting system
  4. Performances by foreign artists or artist from abroad – either with entrance fees/ticket sales (including shows to which entry is subject to some kind of payment such as a minimum order), or free and without any entrance fees – link to login to the show reporting system
  5. Holding a business event with only background music or a business event with a show.
  6. A family event in the business.

For the above-mentioned uses, separate and additional licenses must be arranged and royalties must be paid in accordance with ACUM rates for each type of use

The main terms of the license:

  1. Reporting requirements before playing music concerning the characteristics of the business and the use of protected works:

– Playing background music – the applicant for the license will contact ACUM and report the maximum seat capacity in the business and the number of days of weekly activity in the business

– Local artists’ shows without entrance fees – to the extent that local artists’ shows (including artist performances and DJ performances) are held at the business, no entrance fees are charged for them and there is no requirement to fulfill any condition for entry (such as a minimum order) – the license applicant will report the number of days per week, and on which specific days, the shows take place.

  1. Acquisition of the annual license fee – the applicant for the license will pay the annual license fee to ACUM in accordance with the parameters applicable to the business according to the ACUM tariff detailed below.
  2. First year discount – a customer who arranges a license in the first year of opening his business will enjoy a discount of 10% of the rate – for the first year only. The discount will be granted on the condition that the royalties are paid to ACUM in the first year of operation of the business and subject to the production of official documents showing the opening date of the business.
  3. Seasonal annual activity will be billed proportionally to the months of activity

Limitations of the license:

The license does not include use of the works in advertising, including the creation of a connection between the work/works and the product/service, use of moral rights, use of the right to create derivative works, performance rights, record rights and any other right not expressly mentioned therein.

Annual fee for playing background music from the ACUM repertoire through mechanical means of playback and performances by local artists and DJs without any entrance fees, and there is no requirement to fulfill any condition for entry (such as a minimum order).

The tariff for 2024

Number of seats
Annual sum in NIS +VAT
Up to 30




46 – 60


61 – 75


76 – 100


101 – 125


126 – 150


Over 15095 for every additional seat

ACUM tariff – general conditions

  1. The stated tariffs are published by ACUM Ltd., the Association of Authors, Composers, and Publishers of Music in Israel (hereinafter: “ACUM”). Tariffs are established at ACUM’s discretion and exclusive responsibility.
  2. The rates displayed on the website do not constitute a license to use the works of ACUM’s repertoire. Before using works from the ACUM repertoire, the user must contact ACUM and arrange a written usage license in advance.
  3. The actual license fee for each user will be determined based on the relevant data and parameters pertaining to each client. Anyone wishing to license the use of ACUM’s repertoire must transfer all information and data required to enable ACUM to determine the applicable and correct tariff rate for each specific user.
  4. ACUM reserves the right to make changes in tariffs periodically.
  5. In case of discrepancies between any terms of the published tariffs and terms on the license – agreed upon and signed by the licensee -, the content of the license shall take precedence.
  6. The stated tariffs do not include Value Added Tax (VAT). VAT will be added to any payment according to the legal rate. A tax invoice will be issued, as required by law.

7. All the above are subject to terms applicable to ACUM according to the determinations of the Antitrust Tribunal.