Royalties - Who's who and what do they do?

PRS are responsible for allocating royalties to songwriters and all music for PRS is registered using CatCo, a PRS funded tracking system. PRS reporting forms are sent by broadcast networks and music performance venues to notify PRS of when a song is broadcast or performed.

PPL are responsible for allocating royalties for recording credits and are also registered using CatCo.

MCPS are responsible for allocating royalties for mechanical reproduction of the recording. MCPS are now part of PRS and mechanical licenses can be applied for through the MCPS section of the PRS website. Royalties can be collected up to three years after the work has been used in whichever capacity.