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Check unpaid royalties

If you have checked your statement and think you're missing royalties that are owed to you, there's a number of things you can do:

  1. Check our unpaid royalty lists for any unidentified works that could be yours
  2. Report and claim unpaid music usage to us

Check and claim unidentified royalties

Sometimes music is used and we're unable to identify who to pay. However, we have several lists and online tools to help you identify then claim any royalties that you might be due.

If you're a member, you can log in to access more information and make a claim for these unpaid royalties.

We also make this information available to the public, just in case you're not a member yet.

Each usage is worth at least £1.00.

Works are divided according to their approximate royalty value into the following four bands:
££££ - Works worth over £100+
£££ - Works worth between £50-99
££ - Works worth between £25-49
£ - Works worth between £1-24

Online Copyright Control

Unpaid Online UK royalties for Copyright Control shares of works occur when not all the shares on a work have been claimed.

Online unmatched usage

Unpaid Online UK royalties for unmatched works occur when we've been unable to identify who to pay the royalties to. 

Unfortunately there's no current qualifying tracks that meet the £100 minimum threshold for this quarter. Please check back when we update again in Q4.

Unnotified works

Publisher members can review all our unnotified works - these are works where the writer has been identified but publisher details have not yet been confirmed.

Concerts and Events

Members can review our list of concerts and events which are available for distribution. Events from 2018, 2019 and 2020 are still being actively researched by PRS for Music.

Report and claim music usage

We use reports from licence holders and several tracking services to know where your works are being played, performed or reproduced. We also work closely with our network of international societies to capture information on the use of music outside of the UK.

However if you haven't received the distribution payments you were expecting for usages of your music, or that of your members, you can report this to us. 

Before you make a UK claim

  • Please check the royalty payment dates to make sure payments have been distributed for the dates of your usage
  • If your music was broadcast, please check the sample day data to see if your music was used on a date we tracked music usage
  • You can only claim for usage within the last three years (or six if it's usage in recorded media)

Before you make an overseas claim

  • Please check the overseas royalty payments schedule to make sure payments have been distributed for the dates of your usage
  • Please wait 10-12 months after the performance/release of your music as your royalties may just be awaiting payment by the local society.
  • You can only claim for usage within the last three years (or six if it's usage in recorded media)

We can’t guarantee success, but the more information you can provide us, the better.

We’ll let you know as soon as we’ve received your claim at your contact email. Check this is up-to-date before you begin. 

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