Mudcat Café message #3729074 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #157469   Message #3729074
Posted By: GUEST,Howard Jones
09-Aug-15 - 06:57 AM
Thread Name: Sidmouth Folkweek 2015
Subject: RE: Sidmouth Folkweek 2015
The venue has already paid for royalties through the fee it pays to PRS for a live music licence. The festival will have had to pay PRS for licences, and will make PRS returns for the larger concert venues at least, and based on these the composers will eventually receive some payment. Of course this doesn't cover what goes on in sessions, but the better-known material may get picked up anyway via the PRS's sampling. If your compositions aren't sufficiently well known the best way to receive royalties is to claim through the small gigs scheme (if you're a PRS member).

If a composer isn't a member of PRS then in theory a performer should seek their permission and agree any royalties direct with them. In practice that is unlikely to happen, if only because of the practical difficulties, which is why there is the PRS to administer this, which for all its imperfections does succeed in returning some meney to folk composers.