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The Gigs, Clubs and Small Venues scheme 

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, you can report the performance 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 follow the steps. 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

  • The scheme covers buskers who perform their own works on the London Underground. In order to make a claim you must:

1. Log into your online account and click on 'Report Live Performances' and follow the steps.
2. Send us with the confirmation e-mails from the LU Busking Team confirming each of the pitch bookings for the Performances you have reported. This information should be sent to

Typical royalties

Each event will generate a royalty of roughly £8. 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, composers 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.

Royalty payment schedule

Claims Received*

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


The scheme does not cover:

Report live and online performances

Report your gigs

Have you performed your own songs recently?

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