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 £10 for each event. The royalty fee changes each year, depending on the money collected from the venues in the scheme. 

Busking

Buskers, who perform in the designated areas within London Underground stations, need to report each performance to receive a royalty fee for each busking session. 

In accordance with our Busking Scheme rules, please remember that it is essential you submit claims for any covers you perform, as well as your own music. We will actively monitor performance reporting in the future to ensure the claims we receive adhere to these rules. 

As of July 2017, the specific session rate for these busking performances will be £1.47.

Popular concerts

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.

Classical concerts

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.

Festivals

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.

Covers bands

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.