PRS and MCPS

PRS for Music is the home of the Performing Right Society (PRS) and the Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society (MCPS). 

PRS pays royalties to its members when their works are:

  • broadcast on TV or radio
  • performed or played in public, whether live or through a recording
  • streamed or downloaded

MCPS pays royalties to its members when their music is:

  • copied as physical products, such as CDs and DVDs
  • streamed or downloaded
  • used in TV, film or radio 

In some cases, money is collected jointly then split between PRS and MCPS.