Have you ever had your music played on radio or TV? Or have you ever performed an original piece of music live? Then chances are you could be collecting some money from it.
What is PRS for Music?
PRS is the Performing Rights Society. It is a business that pays out royalties for any public performance of music, whether it’s live or recorded, and from radio and television broadcasts and online.
How does it work?
PRS for Music collect licensing fees from businesses all over the uk – including venues, radio stations etc, then redistribute the amount collected among the people who deserve it – the artists themselves. It’s one of the few remaining avenues for an artist to make an income!
You might wonder how *they* get paid – they take a small admin fee for collecting the money in the first place, but it’s a non-profit organisation so it really is small.
How much could I get?
Well if you’ve played a gig in a club or pub, for example, there’s about £6 per performance. For bigger shows, there could be bigger remunerations, and for radio and TV plays even bigger ones. It goes up, as you’d expect, with the size of the audience it reaches.
Where do I go to get it?
Head over to http://www.prsformusic.com/ and sign up. Then register your tunes and start getting some money for the music you’ve shared with the world! You could put it towards some new studio gear, software, samples, or maybe something less important, like food.
It’s very important to start earning from your creations and not fall into the trap that so many musicians do of thinking that they don’t deserve to be paid for their hard work and creativity. While it’s definitely difficult to make a massive earning from music, you can at least make a start with PRS for music!