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Recorded background music (inc karaoke) 

Where does the money come from?

Royalties are collected from all licensed venues which use recorded music, (perhaps from a cd player, jukebox, karaoke etc.) as background music. These venues include pubs, bars restaurants, cafes shops, hotels, offices, keep fit classes, factories, etc.

How are royalties calculated?

Music researchers are sent to collect performance details directly from a statistically valid random sample of venues across the UK. This information is then used to create an analogy from broadcast data of performances of similar repertoire. Separate targeted analogies are made for:

  • Jukebox
  • Karaoke
  • Aerobic & Keep Fit Classes*
  • Pubs
  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Shops

As well as an overall analogy for all other types of background music usage*.

*In some instances, for Aerobics and Keep Fit Classes and some specialised background music systems, details of specific recordings supplied are collected from the manufacturers. These are used to distribute the appropriate proportions of revenue separately.

What is the administration rate?

View 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).

Can royalties be backdated?

No, royalties for these uses cannot be back claimed. However, if we have not paid you correctly in a distribution you have up to three years after that distribution to let us know, (the distribution schedule is detailed above)

Why might I not have been paid for a recorded background music performance?

Was the performance included in our analogy?

Royalties will only be paid for music included in our analogy or in the data collected from specific manufacturers as outlined above.

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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