Live performance royalties
We pay royalties for various kinds of live performance of our members' music, including tours, gigs, DJ sets, concerts and busking. These performances can be reported through the venues or by members, publishers and managers through our online live reporting service.
How we calculate
We calculate and collect royalties in different ways for live performances, depending on the type of performance.
Small venues and gigs
If members play at a small licensed venue that is licensed under our Gigs and Clubs scheme, we pay a set royalty for each reported event. This is shared between all PRS writers whose work is performed at the event. This is currently about £9 for each event. The royalty fee changes each year, depending on the money collected from the venues in the scheme.
Official busking pitches are part of our Gigs and Clubs scheme. Buskers need to report each performance of their own and other people's songs to receive a royalty fee for each busking session.
Venues are charged three percent of box office receipts, which we then divide to give each work a value for the number of seconds that it was performed.
Each year, venues choose whether to pay a flat rate, which is currently 4.8 percent of box office receipts. Or they can use a sliding scale that is based on the amount of copyright music being performed. This is currently up to eight percent of box office receipts.
Royalty rates are often a combination of those we use for classical and popular concerts.
Live concert service
For very large live events, our tailored live concert service offers a fixed admin cost and faster payment.
We use the sample method of royalty collection for covers bands, where their repertoire is often limited to a specific set of songs that's often repeated. The royalties are not paid to the performers but to the writers of the songs being performed.