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Where does the money come from?

Royalties are collected from smaller music venues, as well as clubs, pubs and bars where music is performed live. These are generally venues that are not traditionally considered as places where you would have a formal ‘concert’. 

How are royalties calculated?

Live, non-concert performances are paid using either a sample survey or by claims made under the gigs and clubs scheme.

Sample survey

Music researchers are sent to collect performance details directly from performers at a statistically valid random sample of venues across the UK. This survey is geared towards ‘covers’ repertoire.

Gigs, clubs and small venues scheme

Members performing mostly their own works in venues of this size may also consider using the gigs and clubs scheme. Under certain conditions, members can report their performed set lists online. View details of the gigs and clubs scheme.

What is the administration rate?

Download current PRS for Music administration deduction rates

When do we pay?

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.

Can royalties be backdated?

Royalties cannot be backdated for the sample survey. However, if we have not paid you correctly in a distribution (as 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.

Why might I not have been paid for a non-concert, live music performance?

Was the performance included in our sample survey?

With the exception of Gigs & Clubs Scheme claims, royalties will only be paid for music included in our sample survey.

Have you made a claim under the Gigs and clubs scheme?

Check your Gigs & clubs scheme claims here

Are you sure your music has been registered correctly?

Check our database

Need more help?

If after checking the above you still haven’t received a payment you think you should already have had, please contact us.

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