Administration rates

PRS administration rates 

As a membership organisation, we cover the cost of collecting music royalties through our admin rates. We work on continually improving our systems each year so we can keep these as low as possible and we are one of the most cost-effective collecting society in Europe.

Administration rates for type of use 

For the UK, the rate depends on the type of use (such as ‘on the radio’, ‘live performance’). If the work is licensed on a pan-European basis, the admin rate is 10% of the collected cost for each of the four main distributions each year. 

Broadcasting

From the December 2019 distribution onwards, we will start to phase in increases to our administration rates when your music is used on radio and TV. An additional 0.5% will be deducted from the licence fees we collect for these services and this is projected to apply for five years. Below you can compare the old rates with the new ones and see when the rates for each channel will change.

Channel Old rate New rate Date of change
Sky TV 14% 14.5% December 2019 distribution

Sky on-demand

10% 10.5% December 2019 distribution
Commercial radio 15% 15.5% April 2020 distribution

Classic FM

20% 20.5% April 2020 distribution

BBC TV

12.5% 13% July 2020 distribution
BBC Radio 12.5% 13% July 2020 distribution
BBC iPlayer 10% 10.5% July 2020 distribution
ITV 14% 14.5% July 2020 distribution

ITV Hub

10% 10.5% July 2020 distribution

Channel 4 and S4C

16% 16.5% July 2020 distribution

All 4

10%

10.5%

July 2020 distribution

Channel 5

16%

16.5%

July 2020 distribution

My 5

10%

10.5%

July 2020 distribution

MTV Europe

16%

16.5%

July 2020 distribution
Music channels 16% 16.5% July 2020 distribution
Satellite and cable 16% 16.5% July 2020 distribution
Cable re-transmissions (UK TV shows retransmitted and shown on TV abroad)

6.25% - 10%

6.5% - 10.25%

July 2020 distribution

Public performances

From the October 2019 distribution onwards, we will be increasing our administration rates when your music is played live or in businesses across the UK. An additional 3% will be deducted from the licence fees we collect from these businesses and this is projected to apply for five years. Below you can compare the old rates with the new ones and see when the rates for each service will change.

Service Old rate New rate Date of change
Cinema 16% 19% October 2019  distribution
Commercial discos and clubs 20% 23% October 2019 distribution
Other recorded 20% 23% October 2019 distribution
Pop and classical concerts (up to a maximum deduction per event of £1250) 20% 23% October 2019 distribution  
General live (non-concert)

20%

23% October 2019 distribution

Public reception (when your music is played in public via a broadcast domain e.g. on radio or TV)

20% 23%
Sky – December 2019 distribution

Commercial radio – April 2020 distribution

BBC and all other radio and TV channels – July 2020 distribution

Major Live Concert Service - MLCS™, will not be impacted and will stay at £125 per act per event fee.

Digital

  • Internet operators - 10%
  • Ringtones and ringbacks - 10%

International touring

Our Major Live Concert Service (MLCS™) is designed to support the management of tours beyond the UK. This includes an online area to track royalties and box office returns. It costs £125 per country for each tour or the percentage rate for that country, whichever is lower.

Administration rates for royalties received from partner societies

From the October 2019 distribution onwards, we will be increasing the rates charged to process money we collect from sister societies overseas. We want to simplify the administration rates, more accurately reflect the cost of processing this money and mirror the rates charged in other territories. As with all administration rates, these will be kept under review:

  • For royalties collected by US societies our rates will be 2%.
  • For societies where we collect in excess of £10m annually, our rates will be 4%.
  • For all other societies our rates will be 8%.

Below you can compare the old rates with the new ones and see when the rates for each society will change.

Country

Society Old rate New rate Date of change

USA

ASCAP

1%

2%

October 2019 distribution

USA

BMI

1%

2%

October 2019 distribution

USA

SESAC

1%

2%

October 2019 distribution
France SACEM

2%

4%

October 2019 distribution
Germany GEMA

2%

4%

October 2019 distribution
Ireland IMRO 2% 4% October 2019 distribution
Italy SIAE 2% 4% October 2019 distribution
Japan JASRAC 2% 4% October 2019 distribution
Netherlands BUMA 2% 4% October 2019 distribution
Australia APRA*

3%

4%

October 2019 distribution
Denmark KODA

4%

4%

No change
Sweden STIM

2%

8%

October 2019 distribution
Canada SOCAN

3%

8%

October 2019 distribution
New Zealand APRA*

3%

8% October 2019 distribution
Austria AKM

4%

8%

October 2019 distribution
Belgium SABAM 4% 8% October 2019 distribution
Brazil UBC 4% 8% October 2019 distribution
Finland TEOSTO 4% 8% October 2019 distribution
Hungary ARTISJUS 4% 8% October 2019 distribution
Iceland STEF 4% 8% October 2019 distribution
Norway TONO 4% 8% October 2019 distribution
Poland ZAIKS 4% 8% October 2019 distribution
Spain SGAE

4%

8% October 2019 distribution
Switzerland SUISA 4% 8% October 2019 distribution
Argentina SADAIC 8% 8% No change
Armenia ARMAUTHOR 8% 8% No change
South Africa SAMRO 8% 8% No change
South Korea KOMCA 8% 8% No change
St Lucia ECCO 8% 8% No change
Taiwan MUST 8% 8% No change
Thailand MCT 8% 8% No change
Bahamas PRS 8% 8% No change
Barbados COSCAP 8% 8% No change
Belarus NCIP 8% 8% No change
Bermuda PRS 8% 8% No change
Bolivia SOBODAYCOM 8% 8% No change
Bosnia and Herzegovina SQN 8% 8% No change
Bulgaria MUSICAUTOR 8% 8% No change
Albania ALBAUTOR 8% 8% No change
Chile SCD 8% 8% No change

China

MCSC

8% 8% No change
Colombia SAYCO 8% 8% No change
Costa Rica ACAM 8% 8% No change
Croatia HDS 8% 8% No change
Cuba ACDAM 8% 8% No change
Cyprus PRS 8% 8% No change
Czech Republic OSA 8% 8% No change
Ecuador SAYCE 8% 8% No change
El Salvador SACIM 8% 8% No change
Estonia EAU 8% 8% No change
Georgia GCA 8% 8% No change
Gibraltar PRS 8% 8% No change
Greece AEPI 8% 8% No change
Guatemala AEI 8% 8% No change
Honduras AACIMH 8% 8% No change
Hong Kong CASH 8% 8% No change
The Gulf PRS 8% 8% No change
Trinidad and Tobago COTT 8% 8% No change
Turkey MESAM 8% 8% No change
Ukraine UACRR 8% 8% No change
India IPRS 8% 8% No change
Indonesia

KCI

8% 8% No change
Israel ACUM 8% 8% No change
Jamaica JACAP 8% 8% No change
Kazakhstan KAZAK 8% 8% No change
Kenya MCSK 8% 8% No change
Latvia AKKA-LAA 8% 8% No change
Lithuania LATGA-A 8% 8% No change
Macau MACA 8% 8% No change
Macedonia ZAMP 8% 8% No change
Malaysia MACP 8% 8% No change
Malta

PRS

8% 8% No change
Mauritius RMS 8% 8% No change
Mexico SACM 8% 8% No change
Nigeria COSON 8% 8% No change
Panama SPAC 8% 8% No change
Paraguay APA 8% 8% No change
Peru APDAYC 8% 8% No change
Philippines FILSCAP 8% 8% No change
Portugal SPA 8% 8% No change
Romania UCMR-ADA 8% 8% No change
Russia RAO 8% 8% No change
Serbia SOKOJ 8% 8% No change
Singapore COMPASS 8% 8% No change
Slovakia SOZA 8% 8% No change
Slovenia SAZAS 8% 8% No change
Uruguay AGADU 8% 8% No change
Venezuela SACVEN 8% 8% No change
Vietnam VCPMC 8% 8% No change
Montenegro PAM-CG

8%

8% No change
Zimbabwe ZIMRA 8%

8%

No change

*APRA also covers pan-Asia licensing and will appear as Apra Pal (Apac) on your statement. The admin rate for this is different and countries covered by the APRA APAC code will be charged 8% admin.

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