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Earn from It
Get It Performed Live
The live music sector has grown substantially in recent years, and increasingly accounts for a substantial part of the income of many composers/songwriters. In addition to a fee for playing, performance royalties are also due. PRS has several tariffs for what it charges live music promoters. These vary according to the type of genre [classical or popular], as well as the type of concert venue or festival.
After the concert, a set list is submitted by the various acts performing, and the fee collected is distributed to all those writers whose compositions were performed. PRS deducts an administration charge for collecting the money.
Where smaller venues are concerned, PRS operates a system which allows composers/songwriters to claim for royalties if they have done ten or more small gigs. This will also require the submission of a set list.
Get the composition performed by somebody else
As with the recording of music, the live performance of a composer’s/songwriter’s work generates royalties. PRS has various tariffs for this purpose [see ‘live performance’] and requires a form to be filled in which states which works were performed. If an orchestra or band performs a piece of music written by somebody else, and which is still in copyright, then royalties will be due to the composer/songwriter.
It is worth noting, that some big stars demand a co-writing credit in return for using a song – even when they have not contributed to its composition - because they realise they are likely to make the writer a substantial amount of money.