FAQs related to Performing Rights Society for Music. (PRS).
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WHAT IS PRS FOR MUSIC?
Three entities exist under the PRS for Music umbrella:
- Performing Right Society Limited (PRS)
- Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society Limited (MCPS)
- PRS for Music Limited
PRS for Music is a collecting society which songwriters, composers and music publishers become members of in order to get paid for the use of their music. PRS for Music collects licence fees from anyone that uses music for a business benefit, and then pays royalties to music creators in the UK and around the world.
Organisations like PRS for Music exist in almost every country in the world. PRS for Music has agreements with many of them, allowing us to license the use of music from those organisations too.
WHO DECIDES HOW MUCH PRS FOR MUSIC SHOULD CHARGE FOR A LICENCE?
PRS for Music currently has more than 40 licensing tariffs to cover different premises and events. The tariffs take into account the nature and extent of music use in each setting.
PRS for Music and its members can determine the fee for their licence. However, wherever possible, we agree our charges with national trade associations or representative bodies from industry sectors.
In addition, PRS for Music tariffs and the terms and conditions of its licences are subject to referral to, and scrutiny by, the Copyright Tribunal.
HOW MUCH WILL A MUSIC LICENCE COST?
The cost of your Music Licence can depend on various factors:
- The type of premises
- The size of the premises
- The nature and extent to which music is used
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