Does PRS Collect Mechanical Royalties?

PRS is a PRO.

Mechanical royalties earned through streams, downloads, and physical sales are not collected by Performing Rights Organizations (PROs) like the London-based Performing Right Society (PRS). They must be collected by a publisher. As your publishing administrator, Songtrust will register your songs with Mechanical Rights Organizations (MROs) and other global pay sources to pass these royalties onto you. 

Please note: The UK’s mechanical society is not the Harry Fox Agency (HFA) like it is in the U.S. It’s the Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society (MCPS), aka the other half of the PRS for Music copyright collective. The same general rules apply, though.

To see a list of our global collection sources, including what type of royalties we collect by territory, head here.

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For more on how mechanical royalties differ from performance royalties, check out our mini-crash course, our blog post breakdown or complete list of mechanical royalty sources.