The responsibility for registering music and amending registrations lies with:
- Writers – when the music is unpublished OR the publisher is not a PRS member.
- Publishers – where they publish music on behalf of their writers.
- All parties – when the musical work has been co-written/co-published. Each party should include information about the other parties involved.
Registrations are generally processed according to the following service standards:
- Within 25 working days – music/notifications will be registered or queried with the member (25 days on receipt).
- Priority works – music/notifications marked as ‘Priority Works’ where the work has an imminent product release (previously referred to as ‘Fast track works’) will be registered within 5 days of receipt.
- Conflicts – If a work is subject to a conflict (i.e. duplicate claim or sample), then the relevant Duplicate Claims and Disputes, Samples and Infringement policies apply.
- Errors - If you feel that PRS for Music is responsible for any erroneous information on an existing registration, please contact us.
Publishing agreement – this determines how royalties will be divided between the writers and publishers.
50% writer minimum – writer(s) will be credited with no less than 50% of the overall royalty.
50/50 default – if division of royalties not specified, 50% will default to the writer and 50% to the publisher.
Original society rules – if a piece of music is registered that originates in an affiliated society, PRS will follow the instructions of that society in dividing the royalties between the interested parties.
Published music - MCPS pays 100% of the royalties to the publisher
Unpublished music – 100% of the royalties paid to the writer(s) with MCPS membership
Duplicate claims rules – if royalty entitlement or control is disputed by two or more conflicting claims, MCPS will follow its Duplicate Claims Rules and Procedures
Further information on registering your music and other Online Services
Learn more about Duplicate Claims and Disputes