Join as a writer

PRS for Music is home to the Performing Right Society (PRS) and the Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society (MCPS). You can join either society or both. Each membership begins with a one-off administration fee of £100 (inc. VAT) to cover set-up costs.

By joining PRS you assign your rights to us, if you join MCPS you appoint us as the agent for your rights; both allow us to be the sole collector of your royalties. We pass these royalties on to you through payments into your bank account at specific times throughout the year. 

  • You can join PRS if you are a creator of music, such as a lyrics writer or composer. Once you're a member, we can collect the royalties due to you when your music is performed live, broadcast on TV or radio, played in public, streamed online or used in film.
  • You can join MCPS if you want to earn royalties for the reproduction of your music. This includes when it is downloaded, produced on CD, vinyl and DVD, used in video games, or in any way copied for storage and distribution. 

Should you join PRS?

Our one-off membership fee is £100 for writers and composers. So it makes sense to join when you expect the annual use of your music to generate more than this.

To earn over £100, your music would need to have:

  • one play on a BBC 1 primetime show
  • six plays on Sky 1
  • two plays on ITV
  • three plays on Channel 4
  • five plays on BBC Radio 1
  • 150 plays on an independent local radio station
  • 200 plays on an MTV Music Channel

For live performance, your music will need to be performed at:

  • twelve small-scale venues that are registered in our Gigs and Clubs scheme, such as a local pub
  • two or three larger venues, such as Barrowlands in Glasgow or The Deaf Institute in Manchester

Should you join MCPS?

You can join the Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society (MCPS) to earn royalties for the reproduction of your work. For example, when it's produced on CD or as a download.

If you don't have a publisher, you might also want to consider this. You can find out more about publishing from the Music Publishers Association. 

It is possible to be both a member of PRS and MCPS.

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