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How it works 

PRS for Music is the trading name for the Performing Right Society (PRS) and the Mechanical Copyright Protection Society (MCPS). PRS licenses and collects royalties when music is played and performed. MCPS licences and collects royalties when music is reproduced. Both societies work together efficiently to minimise operating costs for members.

To make sure that members have a consistent experience, PRS and MCPS publish rules governing how we work. These include


Both PRS and MCPS distribute the money collected from our licensees back to our songwriter, composer and music publisher members in the form of royalties. We only deduct a small administration fee to cover our operating costs. Learn more about our formal constitutions that give us a legal right to licence and collect royalties for our members.

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