PPL represents more than 100,000 performers and recording rightsholders. On their behalf, we license and collect royalties for a range of uses of recorded music in the UK. PPL also offers a world-leading international collections service - helping members to maximise their royalties on a global scale.
Representing over 100,000 performers and record companies
PPL exists to help ensure those who invest their talent, time or money in creating recorded music are paid fairly for the use of their music when it is broadcast or played in public. Membership is free and open to anyone who performs on, or owns the rights to, recorded music. Our members include both independent and major record companies, together with performers ranging from emerging grassroots artists through to established session musicians and influential festival headliners.
We collect royalties for a range of uses of recorded music in the UK
We license and collect royalties for a range of uses of recorded music - when it is played in public or broadcast on the radio, TV, and certain digital media services. After deduction of our operating costs, we then distribute those royalties to the performers and recording rightsholders we represent, based on the use of their music.
And we can collect for you across the globe
In addition to UK licensing, we can also collect royalties for performers and recording rightsholders when their recorded music is played around the world (also known as neighbouring rights royalties). We do this through a network of international agreements with the collective management organisations (CMOs) who license and collect those royalties in other countries. For your royalties to be collected internationally by PPL, you will need to ensure you give us an up-to-date international mandate appointing us to do so.
Can I join PPL?
Anyone who has performed on, or made an audible contribution to, recorded music can join PPL as a performer member.More information about performers
Anyone who owns, or is the exclusive licensee of, the UK rights for when recorded music is broadcast or played in public can join PPL as a recording rightsholder member.More information about recording rightsholders
Performer & rightsholder
If you are both a performer and a recording rightsholder, you will need to join PPL in both capacities. To keep things simple, we have a combined performer and recording rightsholder registration form that you can use.Start your joint registration
How to become a member
Register online for free
Use our simple online registration process to register your details as a performer, recording rightsholder, or both. For recording rightsholders, this includes appointing PPL to license your recordings in the UK when they are broadcast or played in public.
Customise your collections
Your membership automatically covers UK royalty collections but you can also use PPL to collect your royalties internationally. Recording rightsholders also have options about other types of licensing they may wish PPL to do on their behalf.
Tell us about your repertoire
Using myPPL - our secure, user-friendly online member portal – recording rightsholders should register the details of their recordings with us and performers should link themselves to the recordings on which they have performed.
At the forefront of data and technology
myPPL is your secure, user-friendly online member portal for viewing payments, accessing statements, uploading repertoire and searching for recordings on which you have performed.Find out more
PPL's Repertoire Database contains details of more than 13 million recordings and is growing every day with data input through our Register Repertoire tool.Find out more
Music data leader
PPL is working with the Digital Data Exchange to standardise data exchange in order to reduce costs and improve efficiency in the music industry.Find out more