Help with my royalties

We want to solve any problems with straightforward explanations and easy ways for you to get them sorted. 

Quick questions

We've answered a variety of questions over the years, which we've used to update our pages with useful details. Some questions, however, are very specific. We've kept these for here, in Help, where they can be answered a little more quickly, and easily too.

PRS distribute member royalties four times a year: in April, July, October and December. If you have earned above the minimum distribution threshold of £30, your royalties will be paid into your UK bank account. The final payment in December is paid if your annual royalties to date are £1 or above.

When you get paid

If your royalties are paid into a bank account that’s outside of the UK, the minimum distribution threshold is £60. 

MCPS distribute member royalties every month.

If you’re a member of PRS for Music, we can collect your international royalties through our reciprocal agreements with 150 societies in other countries.

Overseas royalties

We receive information about the use of our members’ work through cue sheets, digital tracking and various reports. This means we don’t need any more information from you.

However, if your work is being performed you can provide set lists through our new live performance service.

You can also tell us about any work that’s being used outside of the UK.  This includes when it’s broadcast on TV or radio, or used online.

This depends on where your work is performed and how long it is performed for. You can report live performances of your work through our set list service. Publishers also report set lists. Some venues also report performances as part of their licensing agreement with us.

Live performance royalties

This will depend on which radio station and the length of time your work is used for. We can then collect royalties through the licensing agreements we have with them.

Many stations report every piece of music they play so we can collect royalties per minute of broadcast. However, sometimes it isn’t cost-effective to report and collect for every play.

For some stations, we track the music that’s played on sample days. We estimate playing time by multiplying the information we receive from these days.

If sample days aren’t possible, we use a method called ‘research and analogy’. We look at what’s played for a short period of time to find a fit with a radio station we have tracked. We can then apply the analogous station’s play data to calculate royalties.

Radio royalties

This depends on where your work is streamed and how many times it is streamed. Royalties are collected through confidential licensing agreements with digital providers, such as Spotify, Deezer, GooglePlay, Apple Music, Soundcloud and Tidal.

We have worked with digital providers over the past few years to improve royalty deals for our members. Although the royalty rate for each stream is small, music makers are beginning to see a better return on their music use through streaming services.

Online royalties

This depends on the film and the length of time your work is used for. Film studios and production companies report their music use on cue sheets. We also have licensing agreements with cinemas to collect royalties. We also work with film production companies to collect royalties.

Cinema royalties

This depends on which TV station and the length of time your work is used for. TV stations and production companies report their music use on cue sheets. We can then collect royalties through the licensing agreements we have with them.

TV royalties

Any video that uses your work needs to be flagged as ‘monetised’ in the YouTube system for rightsholders to be able to collect royalties.

Publishing royalties are collected from YouTube under a number of different Pan-European licensing agreements between YouTube and each of the Option 3 licensing vehicles including:

  • ICE - for writers published by IMPEL members
  • SOLAR - for writers published by Sony/ATV - EMI
  • PEDL - for writers published by Warener/Chappell

The royalties you will receive depend on the xxxx agreed in each individual deal.

Online royalties

This depends on where the advert is appearing and the length of time your work is used for. Whether it’s TV, radio or online, we follow the same principles for music that’s used to calculate royalties for the programmes themselves. Royalties are collected through licensing agreements that we have with each broadcaster and production company.

We can’t claim any royalties for work that was streamed or downloaded before you registered it. This is because of how we collect information from digital services. 
The administrator of the deceased member’s estate needs to contact our Membership Team. We will then work with the administrator to confirm a successor or close the membership. In each case, we will need to see a sealed office copy of the Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration that have been issued within the UK.