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December 2020 distribution

Our first December distribution – 15 December

Update on Public Performance or Public Reception royalties

The first December distribution will contain Public Performance and Public Reception royalties from music used between July to September 2020 as well as some royalties from Cinema (see “what payments will be included?” below for more information). Inevitably, the national and regional lockdowns have forced many of these businesses to close, therefore, these payments are significantly down when compared to December last year. 

  • Sky year-end reconciliation payments – If you’ve previously received PRS or MCPS royalties from Sky paid between December 2019 to October 2020, you may receive a top-up. 
  • Cinema 2018 and 2019 year-end reconciliations – If you’ve previously received PRS royalties for Cinema films, idents or adverts paid between July 2018 to April 2020, you may receive a top-up. 
  • BBC Sounds Music Mixes – This is our first payment for this service and covers music used between September 2018 to August 2020. 

Royalties from music used on:

  • Turner for Q2 2020 – This was originally due to be paid in October 2020. 
  • Box TV for Q1 2020 and Q2 2020 – This was originally due to be paid in July 2020 and October 2020 respectively. 
  • MCPS royalties for BBC Radio between Q2 2019 and Q2 2020 – This was originally due to be paid from October 2019.  

Royalties from music used on

  • Apple (General Entertainment Online Licence – GEOL) Download and Rental for Q1 and Q2 2020 – We’re unable to pay this at the moment as licensing discussions are ongoing. 
  • Google GEOL for 2019 and Q1 & Q2 2020 – We’re unable to pay this at the moment as licensing discussions are ongoing. 
  • Film, General & Broadcast and Online 2020 royalties from SIAE (Italian collecting society) – Data has now been processed, however, there is an issue on withholding tax which is causing delays to payment while this is resolved. We have, however, been able to pay SIAE withholding tax relating to last year, so if you received 2019 royalties from SIAE you may see ‘SIAE Tax Refund’ on your statements. 
  • Public performance – We’re unable to pay royalties for DJ events and Cinema for Q3 2020 or for sports stadiums for Q4 2019 to Q3 2020. This is because so little of this usage took place over this period due to the measures in place to control the pandemic. We have a minimal licence fee to distribute as well as very limited data of what music, if any, was used. Future payments for this music use will largely depend on measures to restrict the spread of COVID-19 over the next six months. We will, however, be paying some Cinema historic revenue for use between 2018 to 2019. 

We’re aiming to include these payments in the next main distribution (April 2021).


Our second December distribution – 18 December

  • 2016 download “residuals” – These are payments for music downloads (mainly from services like Apple iTunes, Google Play Download, Amazon Music Download, etc.). This is revenue that we have previously held for any payments we’ve been unable to match to registered works. This will show on your statement as ‘2016 Download Residuals’ rather than referencing individual download services. 
  • YouTube Music Q1 to Q2 2020 will be paid alongside YouTube UGC Q1 2019.   
  • YouTube residuals Q3 2017 to Q1 2018 – This is revenue that we have previously held for any payments we’ve been unable to match to registered works.  
  • Spotify Q4 2017, April and May 2019 – This is from second stage invoicing, this means further payments from were previously unclaimed for a number of reasons such as the work being unmatchable in or dispute.  

We’re aiming to pay all the royalties below in the next main distribution in April 2021. 

  • Facebook – Q1 2019 to Q1 2020 – Our royalty processing service provider ICE needs further time to reprocess the data. 
  • Apple Music Q2 2020 – We have experienced some issues loading and processing the data. 
  • Deezer Q1 to Q2 2018 – There have been delays with processing the data and more time is needed.
  • Amazon Prime Music Q3 to Q4 2019 – Delays with invoicing means that these royalties are not included in the December distribution.
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