About PRS & PPL

PRS for Music is a society of songwriters, composers and music publishers. They license the use of their members’ musical compositions and lyrics when they are played in public, broadcast on radio or TV, used on the internet or copied onto physical products such as CDs or DVDs

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PPL licenses the use of recorded music where played in public, broadcast on radio or TV, or used on the internet, on behalf of record companies and performers.

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PRS collects these licence fees and after taking out their fees (undisclosed) distributes the remainder to some of their members. Many of the artists that visit the station say they receive no royalties.


Annual turnover for 2016 = £621.5 Million with £527.6 Million paid out in royalties,

So where does the remaining £93.9 Million go?

PRS for Music is a society of songwriters, composers and music publishers. They license the use of their members’ musical compositions and lyrics when they are played in public, broadcast on radio or TV, used on the Internet or copied onto physical products such as CDs or DVDs


Small community not-for-profit radio stations are normally run entirely by volunteers who give up their time to involve their communities providing a platform to those wishing to get involved in local radio.

PRS for music are hidden by complex and daunting legislation, granted by the government. No one would wish to deprive musicians, writers and artists of their royalties, (imagine life without music) but surely these should be met by the sale or copying for resale of their music (product) as with any other product you purchase, how would you like to pay a royalty every time you use a domestic appliance, read a book or hand out a leaflet or business card that someone else has designed and produced ?

We are expected to promote their members music for free and pay for that privilege, so let’s look at what they charge for that privilege.

First, we buy the CD and get charged to record it onto our play-out system for broadcast.

Then, for each track we broadcast we must pay a fee to - The songwriter, The composer and The publisher and because we stream the same track at the same time (simulcast) on the internet we have to pay all the above fees once again, Making a total of six royalty payments for each track we broadcast.

PRS then demand extra fees if we use music on trailers or backing music.





On top of the PRS fees, PPL demand payment for each track we broadcast as a royalty for the Record company and The performer, along with more fees to cover our simulcast internet stream.

PPL licenses the use of recorded music where played in public, broadcast on radio or TV, or used on the internet, on behalf of record companies and performers.


THEN, on top of all the fees we pay, EVERYONE who listen to the radio or music at work or in a commercial or public vehicle or public place will have to pay royalties again to PRS and PPL.

So, in theory each time we broadcast  music we have to pay around  20 royalty fees for each track. Plus, EVERYONE who listens to the radio across the UK. Will have to pay royalties again to listen to the same track.

TOTAL & UTTER GREED …Time for change.

In our term of broadcasting we have been told of many incidences when PRS and PPL have taken persons or companies to court for listening to music without a licence, there are many so it is worth a trip on the internet, it will shock you.


As an example we found…

A woman playing a CD to a horse in a private stable,

A woman singing along to a song in a supermarket.

Children singing carols at Christmas.

Their cases, hopefully were dropped.

And have not been verified.


READ THIS…

YOU WON’T

BELIEVE IT !

WE WANT THE GOVERNMENT TO ALLOW THE PUBLIC TO LISTEN

TO THE RADIO WITHOUT PAYING ROYALTIES TO PRS & PPL

We live in a sad world with all it’s horrors, corruption and greed

Companies like these should be investigated before they condemn recorded music to the bin !