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The hotel has said the SIAE tax rate for live music is €406.47. (22% VAT included) + € 15.00 for case management. Is this normal?

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Nope. If you are only having live music on your big day and you have less than 200 guests, then you are being definitely overcharged (probably the hotel likes to keep a commission).

As of 2017, the official costs for live music are (excluding VAT):

  • less than 200 people: €199,00
  • more than 200 people: €299,00

Please also consult our knowledge base article regarding the SIAE permit for additional information and how to obtain it yourself.