PRS for Music’s Live Classical scheme renewed from 1 September 2023
Enables increased rate flexibility for major orchestras, discounts for amateur groups to encourage live classical concerts
Live performance is vital to classical music and PRS for Music is supporting the financial future of the next generation of composers
All praise is due to the PRS and the numerous organisations with whom they have consulted; this is an excellent development for composers, publishers and, indeed, everyone who cares for the future of classical music in this country
The updates apply to classical concerts and recitals, giving individual musicians and orchestras the ability to perform any of the works included in PRS’ classical repertoire. The revision includes a new fixed rate of 6.5% (updating the current rate of 4.8% which has been in place since its introduction in 2003) and a variable rate of 10.5%. As with the previous process, programme reporting submission discounts remain available.
A 50% discount is newly available to amateur groups, defined as an individual or group operated by primarily unpaid volunteers and where most revenues are used to maintain the group, making it easier for the thousands of amateur groups across the UK to host events and concerts.
I’m very grateful to the PRS for negotiating this increase for live classical performances. It means a great deal to feel that our work is properly valued. Artists want to contribute; crucially, this lift will help to maintain the level of artistry that is so needed in our society - faced as we are - with the vast and ever-growing complexities of everyday life
On behalf of leisure-time music groups, we are grateful to PRS for introducing a special rate for Amateur groups, and for listening carefully to concerns about repertoire, too. This new agreement makes it easier and more affordable for these small groups to do their bit to spread music creators’ work into every community in the UK
In addition, large orchestras who are members of the Association of British Orchestras (ABO) will be able to obtain a licence directly from PRS for Music. Previously only venues and promoters could license through this route and by opening up to orchestras they can better plan their concert seasons.
Consultations with the classical community and its stakeholders ran from 2019 to 2022 and were wide-ranging and extensive. To appropriately adapt to today’s market, consideration was taken regarding the funding as well as the uniqueness of the classical music composition environment which involves lengthy specialist training as well as commissioned live performances which are often only performed once.
About PRS for Music
PRS for Music is one of the world’s leading music collective management organisations representing the rights of more than 160,000 talented songwriters, composers, and music publishers around the globe. Headquartered in the UK, it works diligently on behalf of its members to grow and protect the value of their rights. With a focus on innovation and integrity, PRS for Music is redefining the global standard for music royalties to ensure creators are paid whenever their musical compositions and songs are streamed, downloaded, broadcast, performed and played in public. In 2021, 27 trillion performances of music were reported to PRS for Music with £677.2m paid out in royalties to its members. prsformusic.com