Other uses of music

If you do not find the type of musical performance/usage or the area that you represent, contact us at [email protected] for help and guidance.

Ships, domestic:

Compensation for use of background music (TV/video, CD, radio etc.) in cafeterias and/or other common rooms calculated based on the following rates:

Average number of passengers NOK per month
Up to 50 114,-
From 50-75 192,-
From 75-100 264,-
From 100-125 349,-
Over 125 515,-

Ships, foreign:

Number of beds/passenger cabins, number of seats in dance halls/theaters A) Background music, cabins excl. TV/video NOK per month B) Background music (live/recorded) NOK per month C) Background music incl.  TV/videos in cabins NOK per month D) Music for dancing. (live/recorded) NOK per day E) Movie theater NOK per day.
Up to 50 230,- 501,- 611,- 28,- 0,-
Up to 100 331,- 747,- 908,- 41,- 0,-
Up to 150 502,- 1 127,- 1 379,- 60,- 0,-
Up to 200 668,- 1 325,- 1 658,- 81,- 54,-
Up to 300 831,- 1 760,- 2 172,- 120,- 0,-
Up to 400 995,- 1 990,- 2 488,- 162,- 74,-
Up to 500 1 145,- 2 288,- 2 862,- 188,- 0,-
Up to 600 1 291,- 2 587,- 3 235,- 211,- 0,-
Up to 700 1 442,- 2 884,- 3 610,- 235,- 0,-
Up to 800 1 591,- 3 183,- 3 980,- 261,- 0,-
Up to 900 1 740,- 3 482,- 4 354,- 286,- 0,-
Up to 1000 1 890,- 3 781,- 4 724,- 308,- 90,-

For ships with more than 1000 bunks/passenger cabins, an extra charge is calculated per commenced 100 bunks/passenger cabins at 8% of the rates in group 12.


Compensation for use of radio, TV/video, CD, headphones etc. are calculated based on the following rates:

NOK 1318,- per bus per year


Applies to the use of music for passengers on planes and helicopters.

Boarding music:

NOK 4 051, 34 per plane per year

In-flight music, per flight, within Europe

Up to 100

NOK 51


NOK 94,44

Over 200

NOK 112,85

In-flight music, per flight, Intercontinental (at least one destination outside of Europe):

Up to 100

NOK 51,67


NOK 103,28

Over 200

NOK 143,31

Calculated based on the switchboard capacity; number of lines or maximum number on hold.

Holding music over telephone, compensation per year

Up to 25 lines/number on hold: NOK 1 241
Over 25/number on hold, per line: NOK 37,15


Applies to the use of music in circus acts

Compensation per act

Group Number of seats NOK per act
1 Up to 500 NOK 155,50,-
2 501 – 1 000 NOK 249,50,-
3 1 001 – 2 000 NOK 328,-
4 Over 2000 NOK 426,-

Circus owners normally have central agreements with TONO.

Carnival/Traveling funfair

The use of music at carnivals on joint property.

1. Recorded background music

Group Driving devices with music NOK per days played
1 Up to 5 NOK 155,50,-
2 Over 5 NOK 246,50,-

2. Show/dance
Share of gross revenue from ticket sales: 5%
Minimum compensation per day: NOK 464,-

TONO prices for background music at sports/alpine skiing facilities

Number of visitors per year/season Compensation per year/season (NOK)
Max 10 000 NOK 1 859,-
10 001-100 000 NOK 9 283,-
100 001-200 000 NOK 13 614,-
200 001-300 000 NOK 19 800,-
300 001-400 000 NOK 27 225,-
400 001-500 000 NOK 34 651,-
500 001 or more NOK 34 651 + NOK 0.08 for each additional visitor.

Music at the work place

Radio, TV/video, CD, or similar entertainment in meeting rooms, offices, canteens, or break areas. Applies to businesses with at least 50 employees, of which 30 have access to the music.

TONO rates
Number of employees NOK per month
0 – 30 0
31 – 50 105
51 – 75 157
76 – 100 204
101 – 150 308
151 – 200 408
201 – 250 512
251 – 300 607

More than 300 employees, extra charge for table price: NOK 607,- for each commenced number of 40 employees.

The compensation applies only to employees who have access to music during working hours. The compensation is independent of the scope of the music use.


Playing commercial videos with music, music videos or other types of background music.
NOK 1 235,- per year per unit

Applies to the use of music during movie showings and in movie advertisements.

Movie showings:
1 % of gross revenue from ticket sales.
The theatre pays compensation to TONO in arrears either quarterly, every six months, or annually by agreement with TONO.


For less independent clubs (e.g. youth clubs, retiree clubs, etc. that are not under the auspices of the municipality), 4.5% of the box office takings (total sales) must be paid to TONO.

Our minimum compensation fee per club, per year, is NOK 1088

The state has drawn up an agreement with TONO for musical performances that take place within the Church of Norway and other religious communities. The agreement covers performances for all church services and devotional music. For devotional music, church concerts are understood to offer free admission and religious preaching.

Church service and devotional music reports must be filled out by the church and sent in to TONO each quarter.

The agreement does not cover church concerts without religious preaching.

TONO compensation is then calculated based on the CONCERT TARIFFS, from box office takings, or the number of spectators at free concerts. Collections are not counted as entrance fees/ticket sales, and do not need to be reported.

Single events can be applied for here.



  REPORT FORM FOR CONCERTS/LIVE EVENTS (to be filled out twice yearly)

For musical performances/usage that fall outside of the agreement or for more info, contact us at [email protected].

TONO and KS (Municipal Sector Organization) has negotiated a model agreement for municipalities in Norway that use music that is approved under the auspices of the municipalities.

Examples of music usage that are covered by this type of agreement include music at youth clubs, indoor swimming pools and sports centers, playing fields, work places, nursing homes, libraries, kindergartens, and schools.

Examples of music usage that are not covered by the agreement are those at theaters, concerts, and online.

Contact us for TONO licenses for conditions outside of the agreement if the municipality that you represent has not made this type of agreement or if you would like more information.

Fitness centers must pay a TONO compensation fee for the following uses of music:

  • Background music in common areas (weight-lifting rooms, locker rooms, reception areas, etc.) Background music is calculated with a fixed rate of NOK 10.06 per m2 per year. Note: The group exercise area shall not be included in this category.
  • Group exercise sessions (aerobics, spinning, dance groups, TRX groups, and similar exercise classes) The compensation fee is based on how many participants you have per hour of group exercise.
Fewer than 10 NOK 9,02,-
10 – 19 NOK 14,43
Over 20 NOK 29,61
  • Remixes made by instructors used in group sessions.

If the group exercise sessions include music remixes made by instructors, you pay an extra remix compensation fee to the Nordic Copyright Bureau for this. TONO gives this approval, and the yearly fee is set to NOK 124,50 per instructor.

Fill out FORM below for agreement. CONTACT US if you need help or have other questions. 


Remember that the license must always be signed by the person responsible for the event. Mixed events such as revue/dance or cabaret/dance are calculated based on the Tariff for dance performances and entertainment events.

For theatrical/musical productions, please contact us at [email protected] or 22 05 72 00 for further information.

Minimum compensation per show NOK 267,-
Share of gross box office takings 2%