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PRS distribution policy 

The PRS distribution policy outlines all the methods we use for making performing right distributions to members. Please note, it does not cover MCPS distributions.

Our PRS distribution policy aims to ensure that all royalty distributions are fair, accurate and cost effective. We also believe it is important that all aspects of the policy are transparent and easily understood by our members.

Below, you will find links to the main sections. They outline distribution cycles and concepts for all the major performing right royalty streams, and detail how our principles of fairness and accuracy are applied in each case.

The Board’s Distribution Committee meets every two months to consider and review various aspects of distribution policy.


Find details of the policy scope, including information on how it was created and the ways it is reviewed and updated.

Distribution cycles and concepts policy

This section outlines our underlying policy principles.

Broadcast policy

Here you will find our policy in relation to TV and radio distributions.

Public performance policy

This section covers all our public performances of music policy, from live shows in pubs and concert venues to music in cinemas, shops and keep fit classes.

Online revenue policy

Look here for on our performing rights online, including downloads, audio-only, audiovisual and music streaming policy information.

Overseas revenue policy

Here we outline our policy governing distributions of revenue received from outside the UK.


Explanation of common terms used throughout the distribution policy.


Full document

Here you can find a copy of the entire document including all the sections quoted above.


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