Self-administering public performances

As a PRS member, you have given us the performing rights in your works and this includes the live public performance right, but you can ask for this right back if you wish. You can make this request by work and by live performance (e.g. concerts, tours). 

What does administering your own live public performance right entail?

If you ask for your live public performance right back, you may wish to consider the following:

  • You will be responsible for directly licensing, collecting and otherwise administering your live performances of your works that you have chosen to administer.
  • We will no longer carry out any licensing, collection or any other administration of those live performances and those works that you have chosen to administer.

Contact LiveConcertService@prsformusic.com if you wish to find out more about direct licensing / opting out from PRS for these purposes. Try to do so as far in advance of your first concert as possible, so we have enough time to answer your questions and so that you have enough time to make a request.

You will need to make a request and send us all necessary paperwork at least 20 working days before your first concert.  We will then issue a copyright assignment to you which enables you to directly license, collect or otherwise administer the works and concerts listed in that assignment.

We will only process a request for a particular concert where we have received all of the necessary paperwork at least 20 working days before that concert – this means that if you do not submit your request and/or the necessary paperwork on time, we will not be able to include that concert in the copyright assignment issued to you which will mean you cannot directly license, collect or otherwise administer that concert.

You can also find further information in Article 7(g) of the PRS Memorandum and Articles of Association and Rule 11A of the PRS Rules and Regulations on our Corporate information page.

Before you decide to administer these rights yourself, make sure you consider the following questions:

If you’re unsure if opting out achieves what you need, please contact our team on LiveConcertService@prsformusic.com so they can look at your individual case.  
We can only assign to you your rights. We cannot assign to you any other person’s rights or works.  
You can only administer another person’s rights or works if you have been officially appointed by them. 
We can only assign to you your rights. The other rights owners can however request to opt out separately for their rights and works.
They will have to check with their CMO (Collective Management Organisation) to see if they offer an equivalent mechanism to allow them to administer their own rights as well. 
It shouldn’t be a problem for your own rights and works.  However, if you’d like to discuss the specifics, please contact LiveConcertService@prsformusic.com.  
Yes, please speak with your publisher as you are likely to need their consent to opt out based on your agreements with them (e.g. if your publisher has an exclusive interest in your works or is entitled to a share of revenue arising from exploitation of them).  
Local law restrictions or requirements may mean you encounter difficulty collecting royalties from overseas performances. Even if you are permitted to license your concert(s) abroad, this may impact the distributions you otherwise would receive from the local CMO.  Please contact us for more information by emailing LiveConcertService@prsformusic.com.

So you’re going to administer your own live public performance rights. What’s next?

If you’re sure you want to administer your own rights for live public performances, you will need to complete steps 1 to 4 at least 20 working days before your first concert.

 

Formally notify us in writing of your request

We commit to processing your request without undue delay and within 20 working days, provided you have satisfied the requirements set out in steps 1 to 4.

Send us a completed Your Notified Details Form

Download and complete this form and send it, along with the other documents in steps 1 to 4, to LiveConcertService@prsformusic.com.

If you have any questions about how to complete this form, then you can refer to the example form below speak to our team at LiveConcertService@prsformusic.com.

Send us a completed and signed Indemnity Form

Download and complete this indemnity form. This indemnity will need to be signed by you and sent, along with the other documents in steps 1 to 4, to LiveConcertService@prsformusic.com.

If you have any questions about how to complete this indemnity, then you can refer to the example indemnity below or speak to our team at LiveConcertService@prsformusic.com.

Send us your publisher’s written consent

If you have a publisher, please contact them and ask for their written consent to opt out. Once received, send this written consent along with the other documents to LiveConcertService@prsformusic.com.

If you have a publisher and this written consent isn’t provided, we will notify them of your request.  They will then have 15 working days to give their consent or object (with evidence) to your request. 

If your publisher objects to your request, they must provide clear written evidence of an ownership interest or entitlement to a share of revenue from your works (e.g. their publishing contract with you).

We will not proceed with the opt out if your publisher does provide the necessary evidence within the 15 working days – your request will then be paused until you have resolved the matter with your publisher. 

We will proceed with the opt out if (a) your publisher consents; (b) your publisher does not provide the necessary evidence; or (c) your publisher does not reply, each within the 15 working days.

If you have any questions about this step, then please speak to your publisher or our team at LiveConcertService@prsformusic.com.

We will then issue a copyright assignment to you and your publisher

You will be able to directly license, collect and otherwise administer those works and concerts listed within the copyright assignment.

The copyright assignment will be effective on and from the date that we issue it (i.e. it will not be retrospective, only forward looking).

We will deduct the administration fee from your next distribution

We will deduct an administration fee of £20 plus VAT per work from your next distribution. This fee is subject to review and any future changes will be communicated to members and updated here.

Please send us the items in Steps 1 to 4 at the same time ideally and by no later than 20 working days before your first concert. Please ensure that all information provided is accurate and complete – it will not be checked by us.

We will only process a request where we have received all of the necessary paperwork at least 20 working days before a particular concert – this means that if you do not submit your request and/or the necessary paperwork on time, we will not be able to include that concert in the copyright assignment issued to you which will mean you cannot directly license, collect or otherwise administer that concert.

If you have any questions regarding the process or the pros and cons of opting out from PRS for these purposes, please contact our team on LiveConcertService@prsformusic.com.

If you have any complaints about how we have handled this process, you can submit these formally using our Complaints procedure.