Music is a big part of every wedding, you may want musicians during the ceremony, a big band, dj or even just an ipod playing music but it’s important to know that in Italy you will almost certainly need to have a SIAE.
What is a SIAE?
It is a music licence for all events where there is live or played music, it is used to pay royalties to the musicans.
Do I need one?
Almost certainly yes. The only way to get around not paying for a SIAE is to play music by artists who died over 70 years ago but the documentation needs to be filled out anyway. Be aware that if the music has been remade by other artists you may still need to pay, once you’ve given the SIAE office the information, they will confirm whether or not it needs to be paid.
How is it done?
Your wedding planner will organise the SIAE and on the day the musicians will need to complete the paperwork confirming what they have played, they will be quite used to it.
How much does a SIAE cost?
The prices can change year to year. It also depends on whether you have live music or not and also how many venues you will have, a separate ceremony and reception venue will mean paying more
Live wedding music
– €199 + 22% tax for up to 200 guests
– €299 +22% tax for over 200 guests
Recorded music (DJ, ipod ect)
-The price of live music plus- €79 +22% tax for up to 200 guests
-The price of live music plus- €119 +22% tax for over 200 guests
If you have the evening reception in a different location, you will also need to pay the following:
– €99 + 22% tax for up to 200 guests
-€149 + 22% tax over 200 guests
Recorded music (DJ, ipod etc)
-The price of live music plus- €34 +22% tax for up to 200 guests
-The price of live music plus- €54 +22% tax for over 200 guests