PRS for Music is a music licensing society, which represents the rights of 0ver 100,000 member songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK. They license organisations to play, perform or make available copyright music on behalf of their members and those of overseas societies, distributing the royalties to them fairly and efficiently. They promote and protect the value of copyright. Their songwriter and composer members span every musical genre and range from some of the world’s biggest musical acts, exporting their music round the globe, to those who provide music for Britain’s advertising, TV, film, fashion and video games industries.
Their publisher members range from multinational corporations right down to small private companies representing just one or two songwriters. Publishers deal with songs and musical compositions rather than recordings of them, holding a unique position in the music business. They play an important role in seeking out and supporting talent, and help maximize the use, and royalty income, from the music they publish on behalf of their clients.
PRS for Music provides business and community groups with easy access to over 10m songs through its music licences. In an industry worth £3.8bn PRS for Music is uniquely placed to be a voice for music and music creators. Collecting £665.7m in 2013, PRS for Music is one of the world’s most efficient combined rights organisations. With over 100 representation agreements in place globally, PRS for Music’s network represents over two million music creators.