To use sound recordings on your AVs, you really need a sound copyright licence. The website you need is the Film and Video Institute.
There’s loads of useful information in it about copyright. You can download an application form for a sound copyright licence here
In brief, it covers the three main aspects of making and using sound recordings:
- Recording copyright material works (from the MPCS)
- Getting permission to use commercial music recordings (from the BPI)
- Public performance of those recordings (from the PPL)
Basically, you just fill in the form and send it off with your £8.54, and back comes a licence, valid for a year. After a year, they send you a reminder. It licences you to prepare and use commercial recordings as part of your own AV or other presentations, and make those presentations to any private (non admission-paying) audience, including camera clubs and in competitions. You have to be either a member of the Royal Photographic Society, or of the PAGB. All CXPS paid up members are de facto members of the PAGB since we are affiliated to N&EMPF which is in turn affiliated to the PAGB. Licences are issued to individuals, or to clubs - a licence to one doesn’t cover the other So you must be a club, a member of the club, or a member of the RPS for it to apply to you. You just circle either RPS or PAGB on the form as appropriate.