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