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Gigs, clubs and small venues


If you perform a song or composition, written by yourself, in a small venue you could be due a payment for that performance. This counts for any genre of music so if you are playing a gig in your local pub, a jazz recital in a club or performing your classical piece at a music society, you should make a claim.

Claim for performances at small venues

You must be a PRS member to make a claim. If you are a member of or an affiliated performing right organisation, that organisation can use the scheme on your behalf. If somebody else is performing your song or composition then the performer would have to make the claim.

If you have performed your own songs or compositions at a pub, club, bar, community centre, hotel, or Music Society, in the previous year (based on the date of claim), submit a representative set list or programme to us online and we'll pay the songwriters/publishers of the works performed. This includes touring performers, resident performers and DJs.

To claim please log into your online account and click on 'Report Live Performances' and then 'Gigs Clubs and Small Venues'. If you are a PRS member but have not registered for an online account, you need to register for one before you can make a claim.

Representative set lists and programmes

The set list or programme must contain:

  • Songs or tracks or compositions that are most representative of the music being performed at the event submitted
  • At least one song or piece by a member of a performing right organisation

London Underground buskers

  • Buskers who perform their own works on the London Underground can claim for their performances. However, you must provide a copy of the confirmation email you receive from London Underground when booking your pitch.

    For more details on how to claim, please refer to our London Underground Buskers guide.

Typical royalties

Each event will generate a royalty of roughly £6. That amount is divided amongst the works performed at that event. The amount each song or composition on the representative set list or programme receives is further divided amongst songwriters and music publishers.

The royalty can vary depending on what year the event took place and if other acts on the same bill also claim their share of the royalty for the same event.

 

Distribution Schedule

Claims Received*

Distribution Date

January - March

July (same year)

April - June

October (same year)

July - September

December (same year)

October - December

April (of following year)

  

* This is the period during which we received your claim

 

Exclusions

The scheme does not cover:


Submit a Gigs, Clubs and Small Venues claim

Find out about our different live performance schemes

 

 
 
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