UK royalty payment dates

PRS pay royalties to our members through four main distributions each year: in April, July, October and December. MCPS pay royalties each month. For overseas royalties, these dates may differ. 

Usual timings from play to pay

The time it takes to pay royalties varies, depending on how and where the music is being used. First the use is reported then matched to the works in our copyright database. For example, if your work is played on TV in January, we might not know about this until April so the most likely payment date will be our July distribution.

PRS broadcast and performance payment schedule 

When was your music used?

Television (except music channels)

Radio, cinema, live (except concerts), background music, music channels

January

July

July

February

July

July

March

July

July

April

October

October

May

October

October

June

October

October

July

December

December

August

December

December

September

April

December

October

April

April

November

April

April

December

April

April

PRS and MCPS online music payment schedule 

When was your music used?

All Online Music Licence (OML) companies

January

October

February

October

March

October

April

December

May

December

June

December

July

April

August

April

September

April

October

July

November

July

December

July

MCPS broadcast and music products payment schedule 

When was your music used?

TV

Radio

AP1 audio, record labels and A/V

AP2, AP2A, covermounts

January

July

July

May

May

February

July

July

May

June

March

July

July

May

July

April

October

October

August

August

May

October

October

August

September

June

October

October

August

October

July

December

December

December

November

August

December

December

December

December

September

April

December

December

January

October

April

April

February

February

November

April

April

February

March

December

April

April

February

April

The above distribution timetable forms the expected payment schedule for most royalties, however late reporting occasionally causes royalty payment to be delayed until the following distribution period. Members should not contact Member Services until after the second distribution has passed without payment.

Royalty payment dates for overseas societies

We receive money from overseas societies throughout the year, which we pay through our distributions. Some societies only distribute once or twice a year, so it can take a while for you to receive royalties after the play or performance date.

For money that we collect from managed territories, we distribute this twice a year, in July and December.