Publisher agreements

An agreement is a contract that lets a publisher manage or administer a piece of music or catalogue, on behalf of a writer or another publisher.

Types of agreement

Writer to publisher

  • Exclusive Songwriter agreement: covers all the writer's music
  • Specific Agreement: a specific piece of music is covered
  • Part-Catalogue Agreement - a collection of the writer's music is covered

PRS for Music will not accept agreements that entitle the publisher to more than a 50% performance share.

Publisher to publisher

  • General Catalogue Agreement: covers all works in a catalogue
  • Part Catalogue Agreement: a collection of the publisher's  music is covered
  • Administration Agreement: covers an entire catalogue but does not assign rights
  • Specific Agreement: covers a specific piece of music

Publishers do not have to tell writers if they enter into an agreement with another publisher.

How to register an agreement

When publisher members register works they need to provide an agreement number. New agreements can be registered online through your online account.

Terminating agreements

Writers and publishers should send 'confirmation of an agreement termination' to us.

Many agreements contain retention clauses which enable publishers to retain the rights to the works covered by the agreement beyond the termination date.

Further information

A legal referral service is available for members.