New classical music performance tariff from PRS includes discount for leisure-time music groups

Following extensive consultation, PRS for Music has announced its revised live classical music tariff, effective from 1 September 2023

Making Music, as well as members, fed into the protracted consultation which was delayed by Covid. PRS has now confirmed that among other changes, the new tariff allows a 50% discount for amateur groups, defined as, ‘an individual or group operated by primarily unpaid volunteers and where most revenues are used to maintain this group.’ 

The new tariff signals a significant step in easing budget pressures on thousands of leisure-time groups across the UK, which are almost entirely self-funded and many of whom have been struggling post-Covid with the cost of living crisis. PRS’ careful listening will mean more events and concerts throughout the UK, ultimately benefitting rights holders as their music finds wider audiences.

The new agreement also covers film, television and video game music, and introduces a number of other helpful changes and clarifications. 

Thanks must go to the hundreds of Making Music members who submitted detailed responses on the original consultation and of course to PRS for Music for achieving a balanced outcome which protects their music creators, but enables leisure-time music to thrive.

Chief Executive of Making Music, Barbara Eifler said:

‘The new tariff is fantastic news. On behalf of leisure-time music groups, we would like to thank PRS and its members for introducing a special rate for amateur groups, and for listening carefully to concerns about repertoire, too.’

Making Music is working with PRS for Music on the practical implementation details of the new tariff and will publish guidance for members soon.