Dates you need to know

Keeping your details up to date

To make sure you get paid the royalties you’re owed, its essential to have your works registered and up to date bank details on your PRS account.

We pay royalties to our members each year in April, July, October and twice in December.

There are two sets of dates that will impact when you can be paid for your music use. Below you will find the dates you need to have your works registered and your bank details updated by, in order to be paid in the next distribution.

Register your works

This table shows the cut-off dates in 2023 for registering your works in time to receive royalties (if your music has been used) for each distribution:

Latest date to register works Earliest distribution royalties can be paid in
1 February 2023  April 2023
3 May 2023 July 2023
2 August 2023 October 2023
4 October 2023 December 2023

The time it takes to pay royalties varies, depending on where and how your music has been used.

Here’s how the process works:

  • Licensees report the use of your music to us (the place it was played, e.g., a TV channel or streaming service) 
  • We then match it to the music registered in our copyright database
  • Once it’s been matched, we can pay your royalties 

To check which distribution we’ll aim to pay your royalties in, based on when your music was used, check out the distribution schedule

Bank details

Keeping your bank details up to date is also crucial to ensure you receive payment when you expect to and don’t have royalties waiting on hold.

You can do this by:

  1. Logging into your membership account on the PRS website 
  2. Go to My Account 
  3. Click Edit Account 
  4. Under the subheading Financial, click Update Bank Account. 

The table below shows the cut-off dates in 2023 for updating your bank details for each distribution.

Latest date to update bank details Earliest distribution the royalties will be paid into the updated account
12 March April 2023
11 June 2023 July 2023
20 September 2023 October 2023
12 November 2023 December 2023
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