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Why do you need a PRS for Music licence?

David Newham, PRS, PRS for Music, client

David Newham Associates (DNA) - PRS for Music Consultants

What is PRS for Music?

PRS for Music (formerly the Performing Right Society or the Performing Rights Society as it is often incorrectly reffered to) is home to the world's best music writers, composers and publishers. Formed as The MCPS-PRS Alliance in 1997 with the PRS for Music brand adopted in 2009,  the organisation brings together two royalty collection societies; MCPS and PRS. Both organisations are ‘not for profit’ and only deduct a small administration/commission fee to cover operating costs.

PRS for Music exists to collect and pay royalties to our members when their music is exploited in one of a number of ways – when it is recorded onto any format and distributed to the public, performed or played in public, broadcast or made publicly available online.

Why do you need a licence?

If you play music in your business or want to include it in your product you need clearance to do so from the owners of that music. PRS for Music and MCPS represent the owners and can get you the clearances you need. PRS for Music are a not-for-profit organisation, enabling you access to the world's music in the most efficient way.

Where does the money come from?

Money is due to PRS for Music for any public performance of music, whether live or recorded, and from radio and television broadcasts and online. 

MCPS generates money through licence fees from the recording of our members’ music on many different formats, including CDs and DVDs. 

Where does the money go?

PRS for Music and MCPS pay money collected to their writer, composer and music publisher members. Both organisations are ‘not for profit’ and only deduct a small administration/commission fee to cover operating costs.

David Newham Associates (DNA) - PRS for Music Consultants

DNA specialise in providing copyright advice and services for all of your music licensing requirements with PRS for Music, PPL and VPL.

DNA was established during 2004 by David Newham immediate past Head of General Licensing at Phonographic Performance Ltd (PPL).

DNA is able to provide support to music users, trade associations, local authorities, schools and other organisations involved in the leisure, education and licensed retail sectors.