If you are thinking about becoming a member of PRS for Music yet have some queries, you may find the information you need here.
We offer two categories of membership to PRS for Music:
If your music is being broadcast on television, radio, online, being performed live in concert, or played in public, we can collect your royalties for you. You should also consider applying for MCPS writer membership if your music has been commercially released by a record company, recorded into a radio or TV programme, recorded in an audio-visual or multimedia production, or used online.
If the music in your catalogue is currently being broadcast on television, radio, or online, being performed live in concert, or played in public, we can collect your royalties for you as a publisher of these works. You should also consider applying for MCPS publisher membership if the music in your catalogue has been commercially released by a record company, recorded into a radio or TV programme, recorded in an audio-visual or multimedia production, or used online.
Visit our join us page to find out more information on the different PRS for Music memberships.
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If you want to join PRS for Music please visit our ‘Join Us’ page and fill in our online application. Follow the steps until completion, and as we need your signature to complete your application, at the end of the application you will need to print off the form, sign it and send it to us for processing. Please note that it takes up to 28 days to process applications once the hard-copy is received.
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Once you have completed the online application process and posted in the signed hard-copy, it can take up to 28 days to process applications once the hard-copy is received in our offices.
Please note that you have up to 6 months from completing the application online to post in the signed hard-copy – after this time your application will be automatically cancelled and the Admission Fee will not be refunded.
PRS and MCPS are two separate collection societies that operate together as PRS for Music.
PRS collects and distributes royalties for musical works that have been performed or played. MCPS collects and distributes royalties for musical works that have been reproduced or copied.
Whether joining PRS or MCPS as a writer or publisher, you will benefit from fast, efficient and accurate collection and payment of your royalties. We are the most cost effective society in Europe and offer services tailored to your requirements. For more information on the benefits of joining us (including our quarterly magazine and exclusive offers and events) please visit this page.
Everybody who has written lyrics and/or music should join PRS.
In respect of both MCPS and PRS, each writer within a band needs to apply for individual membership.
You need to register under your own name. However, it would be helpful if you include information about the bands you are part of during the application process.
To claim royalties from a previous time period you will need to make a back-claim. How far back you can back-claim depends upon the specifics of the musical work. For newer members, the back-claim period depends on the effective date of joining.
No. The time to consider PRS membership is when one of your songs has been broadcast, performed live, or played in public. Similarly you should consider MCPS membership when one of your songs has been released by a record company (other than your own).
A song is traditionally a combination of music and lyrics - people who create these lyrics and/or music are often called ‘composer’, ‘writer’, or ‘author’. The creators of the lyrics and/ or music can claim royalties. If you are someone who takes pieces of other tracks/CDs/peoples music and combines them into something new then you're not a composer, writer, author and you can't claim any royalties.
No. Membership of both societies is only relevant to the composers and songwriters of the music. However, if a writer agrees that your production work justifies a writing credit on their songs, then you should consider applying.
If it's a commercial release, mechanical royalties will be due for the use of work. If you are currently unpublished you should consider becoming a writer member of MCPS in order to receive these royalties.
No. Any royalties generated by these performances would be distributed to the original songwriters/publishers of the works being played. Please submit a set list following each gig using the so that royalties are distributed to the writers/publishers.
Current administration fees are: MCPS: £100 for writer membership / £400 for publisher membership, including VAT.
PRS: £100 for writer membership / £400 for publisher membership, including VAT.
The PRS writer administration fee will be payable during the online application process.
We charge an administration fee when PRS writers join to cover the administrative costs of processing their applications and initial membership support.
PRS writer members can earn the administration fee back in various ways. For example, a few plays on national radio, approximately seventeen gigs claimed through the gigs and clubs scheme or tens of thousands of plays on an online streaming service could earn a songwriter £100.
Currently, no official form of copyright registration is available. In the UK, all original music is protected by copyright from the time it is recorded/written down in some format. Registering your works with PRS for Music enables you to be correctly paid for the broadcast or performance of your songs.
Read our overview of copyright View a more detailed guide on copyright law
You can only be part of one collection society for your performance rights in each territory. If you are part of another society and are interested in becoming a PRS for Music member instead, you can check out our benefits page to see what we offer.
If you wish to switch to PRS for Music, please contact your current society first to discuss the matter and arrange for a release date before applying for membership with PRS for Music.
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We will need to see a sealed office copy of the Grant of Probate (or Letters of Administration) issued within the United Kingdom. Please email the Member Admissions team with the contact details of the person responsible for administering the estate of the deceased and we will be in touch with full instructions.
In order to pay you royalties we need you to set up an online account and register your music with us. Also, please notify us when you have a change in personal details, such as your bank account, address and tax residency.
No. By joining PRS for Music you are allowing us to be the sole collector of your performing right royalties. You will still have ownership of your songs.
Find out if you need to join
Please read these important documents before applying to join PRS, which set out your rights as a member and our admin fees