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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 13 of the PRS Rules and Regulations on our Corporate information page and the supporting Explanatory Notes and FAQ.
Before you decide to administer these rights yourself, make sure you consider the following questions:
So you’re going to administer your own live public performance rights. What’s next?
Formally notify us in writing of your requestWe 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 3.
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 3, to email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact your publisher
If you have a publisher, please contact them to inform them of your intention to administer your rights directly and to check with them that the terms of your publishing contract allow you to do this. As your publisher may have an interest in royalties collected for the concert, it is important that you obtain their consent to your application – once the rights have been validly assigned to you, PRS will no longer be entitled to collect royalties for the use of your works at the concert from out of which to make distributions to your publisher.
If you have any questions about this step, then please speak to your publisher or our team at email@example.com. You can also find further details at Explanatory Notes/FAQ.
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 distributionWe 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 3 at the same time and by no later than 20 working days before your first concert. Please ensure that all information provided is accurate and complete.
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, you will not be legally able to directly license, collect or otherwise administer the rights in the works for 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any complaints about how we have handled this process, you can submit these formally using our Complaints procedure.