Sign up for international royalties

We can 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.

See which countries we collect from

It’s free to sign up to this service – we simply deduct the cost of providing this service from the international payments we make (this cost currently stands at 7%). It’s also simple to sign up – once you’re a PPL member all you have to do is complete an international mandate allowing us to collect on your behalf worldwide or in the countries you specify. If you are already a member of a local CMO in another country, you will need to cancel that membership if you wish us to collect from that CMO on your behalf.

US royalty collection

If you receive international payments from us, you could also be receiving up to 30% more from the US. We were the first CMO to be given Qualified Intermediary (QI) status by the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

By completing the appropriate US tax form you may be able to receive up to an additional 30% of your US royalties which would otherwise be withheld as tax by the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Find out more about US royalty collection

Sign up for additional licensing
(recording rightsholder members only)

In addition to licensing the use of music in TV/radio broadcasts (which covers all PPL members) PPL licenses certain online services (including internet radio, and TV catch-up services for programmes containing recorded music) and related areas such as the use of recorded music in TV programme DVDs.  When deciding which recorded music to use when making a programme, broadcasters often take account of whether the music will be cleared for these additional uses.

Recording rightsholder members have the option to sign up to these additional areas of PPL licensing if they wish. It’s free to sign up for this service – if you haven’t already done so, you can sign up to the relevant PPL rights appointments authorising us to collect these royalties on your behalf.  To give members flexibility and control, you can choose whether to take part in this additional licensing internationally or just in the UK, and the rights appointments also allow you to opt out from having your repertoire included in certain categories of services.

Learn more about the benefits of PPL membership

It is free to join PPL, we represent over 100,000 performers and recording rightsholders.

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