Performing rights and copyright

Copyright, licensing and permissions - Part 5: Recording and distributing music

When your group decides to perform a piece of music there will be copyright laws, permissions and licenses to be aware of. Part 5 of our guidance looks at how that applies to making and using a recording of the music you perform. 

There are three different copyrights to be aware of for a piece of music.

PRS overview

If you’re putting on a public performance of music in copyright you’ll probably need to pay royalty fees, sometimes called PRS fees. It can be a complicated area but it’s important that you understand your obligations and pay fees where necessary.  We have lots of resources listed below that will guide you through, explain how it all works, and tell you what you need to do. 

Performing rights (PRS) royalties tariff: 1 Nov 2018 – 31 Oct 2019

The tariff to be used by Making Music members when paying performing rights royalties to PRS when renewing membership for 2020.

How to pay performing rights (PRS) fees

This guidance will outline when you need to pay performing rights fees and how to pay them.

Performing Rights (PRS) for dramatico-musical works

If you're performing dramatico-musical works (e.g. an opera, musical, revue, pantomime or ballets) then Grand Rights apply and additional permissions must be sought be required.

Create your own CD with Making Music Mix

Making Music Mix is the CD creation service available exclusively to members, allowing you to create a record of your work without upfront costs.