Who is it for?
Anyone who owns the master rights to a recording or has performed on a recording! PPL is a music licensing company that collects and distributes royalties to our members for when their recorded work is played in public. Essentially, when a recording is broadcast on radio, television or through Public Performance (music being used in shops, restaurants, hairdressers, offices etc.) basically anywhere outside of a domestic setting then the musicians that perform on the recording and the recording rights holder should be earning a royalty and we’re here to ensure any available revenue reaches them… which is nice.
PPL is the industry body for collecting these revenues in the UK and we’re also the global leader for collecting and distributing these royalties internationally too, this is often referred to as ‘neighbouring rights.’
PPL sometimes get confused with PRS for Music who collect royalties on behalf of songwriters, publishers and composers. We’re actually two separate companies and revenue streams for musicians so if you perform on and compose your own recordings then you can (and should!) register with both PPL and PRS for Music.
What’s the cost?
Registration with PPL is free for performers and recording rights holders. You register through www.ppluk.com and is a case of completing an online form and returning the signed documents to us. If you’re registering as a performer then you’ll also need to provide copies of your ID to prove your address and your signature.
Who are you & what’s your job?
Davy Wales, Performer Development Specialist. My role involves proactively finding and registering performers not yet registered with PPL so we can distribute their royalties through to them. The Performer Development team can be found at various events across the UK and the wider world whilst also providing account management for certain emerging artists. As PPL does not retain a profit for its services it is vitally important that we release as much money and as accurately as possible to our members so I help ensure these performers are registered correctly and receiving the correct payments from PPL.
Why should I join?
If you’ve played on a recording that has received airplay or own the rights to a recording then you should register with PPL, we may be able to allocate some money to you. In fact, in 1996, it became a musician’s right to directly receive equitable remuneration on recordings that they’ve performed on.
I’m in a band & there’s four of us, do we all need to join or is one of us enough?: Each member of the band should register individually as a performer. As well as representing ‘featured’ artists, PPL also collects and distributes royalties on behalf of non-featured (or ‘session’ musicians) who may have performed on recordings by various artists. It’s also important to have your own performer account as you may guest on other artists’ recordings or decide that you’re better than your band mates (you totally are) and want to go solo.
If the band also owns the rights to the recordings then you’ll need to register with PPL as a recording rightsholder account between you too, this way you’ll receive both the rights holder share and any performer revenues.
Who can I talk to if I want to find out more?
You can contact PPL’s Member Services team on +44 (0) 207 534 1234 or firstname.lastname@example.org