Royalties are collected from all licensed venues using DJs.
DJ performances are paid using either an analogy based on a sample survey or by claims made under the gigs and clubs scheme.
Music researchers are sent to collect performance details directly from DJs at a statistically valid random sample of venues across the UK. This information is used to construct an analogy from broadcast data of performances of similar repertoire, which supplements the sample survey data. Most of the revenue is distributed across the data collected in the sample survey, with only about 30 percent being distributed over the broadcast analogy.
DJ members performing mostly their own works may also consider using the gigs and clubs scheme. Under certain conditions, this allows the reporting of performed set lists online. See details of the gigs and clubs scheme.
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We aim to pay royalties quarterly, as shown in this table (opens PDF in new window).
The top row shows the month the performance took place. The second row shows the target distribution payment month.
Gigs and clubs scheme claims follow a similar timetable, but depend upon when members submit their claims.
Royalties cannot be backdated as such for the sample survey analogy. However, if we have not paid you correctly in a distribution, detailed in the schedule above , you have up to three years after that distribution to let us know.
The gigs and clubs scheme has it’s own timetable for submitting claims. See details of the gigs and clubs scheme.
Except for gigs and clubs scheme claims, royalties will only be paid for music included in our sample survey or broadcast music analogy process.
If not, make sure you do so, or you can check the status of your claim in the same place.
Check our database
We pay DJ performance royalties quarterly in line with our gigs, clubs and small venues scheme. Please see our FAQs for more information.
If after checking the above you still haven’t received a payment you think you should already have had, please contact us.