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Personal Details

1. How do I change my personal details?

2. What is my CAE/IPI number?

Online Services

4. How do I reset my online account password?

5. Can I see my distribution statement online?

Membership

6. I have just joined, what shall I do now?

7. My membership application has been accepted, but from which date is it effective?

8. Do I need to join overseas societies?

9. How do I raise a service request?

10. I have a question about my royalties, money, or my statement

11. I don't understand my statement - where can I find out how to read it?

Money & Distributions

12. When are the MCPS and PRS for Music distributions?

13. How much would I get per minute for a particular broadcast?

14. What are the minimum distribution thresholds?


15. How do I collect my overseas royalties?

16. Why do I only get 50% royalties with PRS for Music when I get 100% with MCPS?

Works

17. How do I check details of a work?


18. How do I amend a piece of music that is already registered?


19. I submitted information about my songs during the joining process, why do I need to register them?

20. I want to release/use a cover version - what do I need to do?


21. Do I need prior approval from the copyright owner to release a cover?


22. Does registering my works with PRS for Music mean my copyright is protected?

23. How should I split royalties with my co-writers?

24. I want to rearrange a work, what do I need to do?

25. What should I do if another person claims they have written one of my songs?

Usage Reporting

26. How do I submit a set list?

27. Should I notify you of broadcasts?

28. I think I may be I may be missing royalties

29. How do I open an MCPS or a PRS for Music back-claim request?

30. How do I make sure I get paid for my works that appear in a UK film or television production?

31. How do I submit a cue sheet or check you have received a cue sheet?

PRS for Music & the music industry

32. Can you provide an overview of the music industry?

33. Can you provide details of your copyright and distribution policies?


34. Where can I access details of your membership agreements?


35. How do I get legal advice?

36. I have a question about registering/amending songs and agreement numbers, searching cue sheets, raising a service request, or changing my personal details

 

 
 

1. How do I change my personal details?

If you wish to inform us of a change in your bank or address details please visit the ‘Change my details’ page. Please note that we don’t accept requests by post, email or phone. 


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2. What is my CAE/IPI number?

Your CAE (also known as an IPI number) is your membership number. Every member is allocated a unique 9-digit CAE (Compositeur, Auteurs et Editeurs) number that you will find at the top of correspondence to you - including statements and newsletters etc. Please contact our Members Services department if you do not know/ have forgotten your number.


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4. How do I reset my online account password?

You can reset your online account password on the website here.


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5. Can I see my distribution statement online?

Currently you cannot, but we are committed to expanding our services further in the future.


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6. I have just joined, what shall I do now?

You should log into your online account and then register your songs that you believe will earn you royalties. To find out how to do this, as well as how to use the other online services that are available to you, visit the Online Services Help page.

 

Another thing you may want to do when you join is submit your set lists via the Gigs & Clubs Scheme. This means you can earn money from the gigs that you play.

 

Sign up for an online account
View the Online Services Help page
Find out more information on the Gigs & Clubs Scheme


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7. My membership application has been accepted, but from which date is it effective?

PRS: This is normally the 1st January or 1st July immediately preceding the date your completed application form is received at our offices.

 

MCPS: Membership commences when you receive notification from us that your application has been accepted.


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8. Do I need to join overseas societies?

We have reciprocal agreements with the vast majority of our sister societies throughout the World who collect, distribute and account to us for broadcasts and performances of our members repertoire in their territory. You are therefore effectively already covered by your membership for the world.

 

For collection of mechanical royalties in a specific overseas territory, the most efficient way for you to do this is by looking at joining an overseas collection society. If this is not an appropriate option you may wish to find a sub-publisher that is willing to represent you. If neither of these options are right for you, MCPS can collect your overseas royalties on your behalf.

 

Please note, MCPS only licenses in the UK.


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9. How do I raise a service request?

Please select the appropriate team from the Service Request section and select 'Request Service'.


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10. I have a question about my royalties, money, or my statement

Please visit our Money Help Centre page for help in these areas.

 

View the Money Help Centre page


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11. I don't understand my statement - where can I find out how to read it?

MCPS statements
PRS statements

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12. When are the MCPS and PRS distributions?

MCPS makes monthly payments to its members resulting from the licensing of their musical works.


View more information about what is paid when.

 

PRS distributes royalties to its members 4 times a year:

  • April
  • July
  • October
  • December

View more information about PRS for Music distributions.


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13. How much would I get per minute for a particular broadcast?

The information provided on the following link is the detailed per minute value tables for each of the revenue sources paid in distributions over the last 3 years (sample dates are now included where applicable).


View the PRS for Music per minute value tables.


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14. What are the minimum distribution thresholds?

The minimum payable amount of royalties for a PRS distribution for all UK members is £30, while the minimum for all overseas members is £60.


View details on the minimum payment amount for MCPS distributions.
View details on the minimum payment amount for PRS distributions.


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15. How do I collect my overseas royalties?

MCPS - You should notify us if you know your music has been released overseas provided you are not sub-published in the country of release. Report overseas music usage


PRS - If you haven’t received royalties you were expecting in, you should check the PRS overseas payment schedule. Find out more information.


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16. Why do I only get 50% royalties with PRS for Music when I get 100% with MCPS?

If the writer you represent is a member of PRS for Music it means they have assigned their performing rights to PRS for Music. As such, 50% of their performing income always goes straight to the writer.

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17. How do I check details of a work?

Search our database is an online service that allows you to quickly locate details about a particular piece of music or recording. There are a variety of search options available to suit your needs and to enable you to find what you are looking for quickly and easily.


Access Search Our Database


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18. How do I amend a piece of music that is already registered?

Firstly, find the existing version of the work using the Search Our Database function.


Open the full details by clicking on the icon. Within the Work Detail area, there is a "Register an Amendment to this Work" option; selecting this will load all the existing work details into the ‘register my music online’ form. The amendment will be checked before being applied to the database.
View a step-by-step guide on how to register and amend your works.


 

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19. I submitted information about my songs during the joining process, why do I need to register them?

No works are put on our database at the point of joining - in order to get paid you will need to register with us the songs you expect will generate you royalty money. This can be done online once you have signed up for an online account.


 

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20. I want to release/use a cover version - what do I need to do?

If you have not altered any of the arrangement, melody or lyrics, you do not need permission to use the work as the royalties will be distributed to the copyright holder.

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21. Do I need prior approval from the copyright owner to release a cover?

No, provided that you obtain a mechanical licence from MCPS prior to release, a separate prior approval from the copyright owner is not required. If you are to alter any of the arrangement please contact the publisher of the works.


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22. Does registering my works with PRS for Music mean my copyright is protected?

Currently, no official form of copyright registration is available. In the UK, all original music is protected by copyright from the time it is recorded/written down in some format. Registering your works with PRS for Music enables you to be correctly paid for the broadcast or performance of your songs.

 

Read our overview of copyright
View a more detailed guide on copyright law


 

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23. How should I split royalties with my co-writers?

If you are a writer, it is completely up to you on how you split the shares between the interested parties. If you are published, you will have to agree the splits with your publisher prior to registering the work.


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24. I want to rearrange a work, what do I need to do?

If you are to change any part of the arrangement or are unsure as to how to proceed, view our arrangements policy.


 

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25. What should I do if another person claims they have written one of my songs?

If you believe another PRS for Music member is claiming ownership for one of your songs, this is called a Duplicate Claim. For details on the Duplicate Claims and Disputes process, please visit the following links:

 

About Duplicate Claims and Disputes
Duplicate Claims FAQ
Rules governing Disputes and Duplicate Claims

 

You can use our ‘Manage Duplicate Claims’ online service to keep track of your registered songs and any Duplicate Claims that might arise. This is only available to members who have signed up for online services.

 

Manage Duplicate Claims online service
Sign up for online services


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26. How do I submit a set list?

For details on how to submit set lists for standard live or Gigs & Clubs, click here.

 

View the Live Event Form
Find out how to submit set lists under the PRS for Music Gigs and Clubs Scheme


 

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27. Should I notify you of broadcasts?

No, normally under the terms of our agreements with broadcasters, they must supply us with complete returns of all music they broadcast. However, if you haven’t received royalties you were expecting in the appropriate distribution, the more information you can supply PRS for Music the better.

 

PRS for Music royalties are paid quarterly (July, October, December and April), so if a broadcast/performance falls in the months of Jan – March and we have received notification, we will process your payment in time for the following distribution (in this example, July).


 

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28. I think I may be I may be missing royalties

If you think you may be missing royalties in your recent distribution payment please visit our online query assistant which will try and assist you. 


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29. How do I open an MCPS or a PRS back-claim request?

MCPS back-claims arise when the status of a piece of music changes (e.g. if you register music that has already been released and was previously unregistered). They allow you to claim royalties owed to you for the use of your music.


View more information about MCPS back-claims.


If you wish to proceed with making a back-claim, please select the appropriate team from Service Request section.
PRS back-claim requests varies between revenue streams.


View more information about PRS back-claims.


 

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30. How do I make sure I get paid for my works that appear in a UK film or television production?

First of all, register the works that you expect to be paid money from. You can do this on our website if you have signed up for an online account. If you believe you have already registered the works, it would be worth checking to make sure before you move on to the next step.

 

In order to get paid for your works, they have to be listed in the productions cue sheet. Please visit the Online Services Help page to find out how to search cue sheets. If your works are not listed in the production's cue sheet, or the distribution period for the work has passed, please contact us so we can follow this up.

 

Register/check your works online
Sign up for an online account
View the Online Services Help page


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31. How do I submit a cue sheet or check you have received a cue sheet?

Before raising queries with Member Services, members should work through the following process. Using the Search Cue Sheets online service may provide the answers you require.


Access Search Cue Sheets.

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32. Can you provide an overview of the music industry?

You can find a ‘map’ of the music industry here.

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33. Can you provide details of your copyright and distribution policies?

You can find details of our copyright details here and our PRS distribution rules here.

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34. Where can I access details of your membership agreements?

You can access details of our membership agreements here.

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35. How do I get legal advice?

Members frequently ask us for advice when it comes to legal matters. As we cannot provide this type of advice, we've compiled a list of qualified music business solicitors who have agreed to help you in our Legal Referral Service.

 

See the list of solicitors in the PRS for Music Legal Referral Service

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36. I have a question about registering/amending songs and agreement numbers, searching cue sheets, raising a service request, or changing my personal details

Please visit our Online Services Help Centre page for help in these areas.

 

View the Online Service Help Centre page

 

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PLEASE NOTE: On 1 July 2013 the legal entity behind the PRS for Music brand changed its registered name from The MCPS-PRS Alliance Limited to PRS for Music Limited.