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Benefits of Membership

I publish music on behalf of writers 

Music publishers can join PRS for Music to collect royalties when musical works from their catalogue are performed. If you have at least 15 musical works in your catalogue - and the contracts to prove it - you are eligible to join.

Why should I join PRS for Music?

PRS for Music is the home of PRS and MCPS and represents the rights of over 118,000 composers, songwriters and music publishers who make up our membership. We help ensure our members are rewarded when their music is played or performed in line with our distribution rules.

You can become a member of MCPS or PRS (or both).

When to join MCPS

MCPS (Mechanical Copyright Protection Society Limited) collects royalties for members when their music is reproduced. You may want to join MCPS as a publisher to collect royalties if the music in your catalogue has been:

  • Commercially released by a record company (other than a record company you own)
  • Recorded in a radio or TV programme
  • Recorded in an audio-visual or multimedia production
  • Used online

When to join PRS

PRS (Performing Right Society Limited) collects royalties for members when their music is publicly performed. You should join PRS as a publisher to collect royalties if the music in your catalogue is currently: 

  • Broadcast on radio/TV
  • Used online
  • Performed live in concert
  • Otherwise played in public

When not to join MCPS and PRS

You do not need to join MCPS or PRS if you:

  • Represent a record label
Join as a publisher

Under Article 4 of PRS' Articles of Association PRS' members comprise: Writers, publishers and proprietors of copyright musical works.

Where a member is deceased, this term also refers to any successor including; any spouse, child, next of kin, beneficiary, personal representative, trustee, publisher or proprietor (PRS refers to such persons as 'successors' or 'successor members').

In order to qualify for membership, applicants must be able to prove:

  • their eligibility as a writer, publisher, proprietor, or successor
  • their identity
  • their right to assign the performing right to PRS
  • their right to the performing right income from PRS

 
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