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PRS for Music is home to the Performing Right Society (PRS) and the Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society (MCPS), so you have the option to join as a member of either or both. 

The society that you join will depend on how your music is being used. 

PRS represents performing rights and collects royalties for the performance of its members' work.

MCPS represents mechanical rights and collects royalties for the reproduction of its members' work

PRS for Music - What we do

Which society should I join?

How is your music used? prs prs
I write or publish music that is broadcast on radio
I write or publish music that is broadcast on TV
I write or publish music that is performed live
I write or publish music that is played in a public space (e.g. shop/restaurant)
I write or publish music that is used in film
I write or publish music that is streamed
I write or publish music that is downloaded
I write or publish music that is released by a record company on a CD or vinyl
I write or publish music that is recorded and used for an audiovisual or multimedia production

Join as a writer

Joining PRS or MCPS as a writer means you can earn money when your music is used. You don't need to be signed to a record label or a music publishing company, but you do need to be the copyright owner of a musical work.

If you are signed with a music publishing company, you probably don't need to join MCPS, as your publisher will usually collect your mechanical income for you.

Joining PRS as a writer costs a one-off £100 fee, and it's a further £100 to join MCPS too.

Join as a music publishing company

If you have at least 15 works in your catalogue by at least two different composers, and you can provide evidence of your status as a music publishing company, you can earn royalties through the performing and mechanical rights of those musical works.

Joining PRS as a music publishing company costs a one-off £400 fee. The one-off membership fee for MCPS is also £400.

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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