When to join
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.
Here are a few examples to help you work out the value of joining.
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.