Performing rights and copyright

Grand Rights

When you play or sing or programme a work that is in copyright, you need to consider who licenses the right to perform it. If you’re performing a piece of music as part of a standard concert/recital/gig, that’s usually simple – the vast majority of pieces can be licensed through PRS for Music (read all about PRS fees in our guidance).

PRS video guides (part 1): What are PRS fees?

Part 1 of our two-part video series on Performing Rights Fees (PRS): what they are and whether you need to pay them.
 

 

 

Watch Part 2: Paying PRS fees

Performing Rights (PRS) FAQs

If you are putting on a public performance of music you may have to pay royalty fees. It is important that you understand what you obligations are and that you are paying any fees where necessary.

Getting to grips with PRS and copyright (Edinburgh)

The topic we receive the most queries about is PRS. What is PRS, how do you pay it and just why is it so complicated?

In this session, we’ll clear up some of the mysteries and help you to understand how, when and where you need to make your PRS payments.

Who should attend this event?
Anyone is welcome to come to this event, but it will be particularly relevant to anyone who looks after your group’s finances, liaise with venues, selects repertoire or manages copyright.

Location

City of Edinburgh Methodist Church
25 Nicolson Square
EH8 9BX Edinburgh
United Kingdom

Getting to grips with PRS and copyright (Southampton)

The topic we receive the most queries about is PRS. What is PRS, how do you pay it and just why is it so complicated?

In this session, we’ll clear up some of the mysteries and help you to understand how, when and where you need to make your PRS payments.

Who should attend this event?
Anyone is welcome to come to this event, but it will be particularly relevant to anyone who looks after your group’s finances, liaise with venues, selects repertoire or manages copyright.

We’ll talk about:

Location

Solent Conference Centre
The Spark, Southampton Solent University East Park Terrace
SO14 0YN Southampton
United Kingdom

Getting to grips with PRS and copyright (Lincoln)

The topic we receive the most queries about is PRS. What is PRS, how do you pay it and just why is it so complicated?

In this session, we’ll clear up some of the mysteries and help you to understand how, when and where you need to make your PRS payments.

Who should attend this event?
Anyone is welcome to come to this event, but it will be particularly relevant to anyone who looks after your group’s finances, liaise with venues, selects repertoire or manages copyright.

We’ll talk about:

Location

Alive Conferences
22 Newland
LN1 1XD Lincoln
United Kingdom

Member meetup (Gateshead)

Come along to this informal event and meet other music makers from your local area.

  • Find out what other groups in your area are working on or planning
  • Meet new people who you might work with in the future 
  • Bring along any burning questions about running a group that you can ask others
  • Share your expertise with others
  • Find out about local issues and how others are tackling them – from availability of venues and sheet music to dealing with rising costs and red tape

 

Who should attend this event?

Location

St Mary's Heritage Centre
Oakwellgate Gateshead
NE8 2AU Newcastle upon Tyne
United Kingdom

Making Music Council (Swansea)

The Making Music Council gives you a chance to have your say on Making Music’s direction of travel. We want to hear your views and ideas about Making Music in general, and provide an opportunity for you to represent the needs of your music group, helping us to ensure we are delivering the right services and opportunities for you. 

Who should attend this event?

Location

Village Hotel
Langdon Road
SA1 8QY Swansea
United Kingdom

The committee members' toolkit

The prospect of joining a music group committee for the first time can be daunting, so we've put together some resources to help you feel more confident about your role. Or even if you're well settled on a committee, it's always helpful to have guidance to refer to along the way. 

You'll need to have your website login handy to view most of these resources so if you don't have one, please get in touch with us.