Why June is an important month for UK artists…

  • Because every two years there is an international football tournament to watch to aide you in neglecting work, family, friends, pets and other general loved ones? No.
  • Because Glastonbury takes over Worthy Farm and the BBC spends roughly 114% of your license fee towards bringing you Tom Jones in HD from several different angles? Not this year.
  • Because the Bedford International Kite Festival takes place? Way off.

No, it’s because due to the PRS For Music’s rules and regulations, June becomes a crucial month for artists who aren’t already collecting their royalties to either sign up with them, or come on board here at Sentric Music in order to not miss out on any royalties they’ve generated since the 1st January.

Allow me to try and explain as simply as possible…

The PRS has two ‘cut off’ dates every year for new members; 1st January & 1st July. Depending on when an artist registers their songs with the PRS or Sentric Music within these dates depends on how far back an artist can claim for all the gigs they’ve played so far that year.

So for example, if you registered all your songs by the 30th June, you can claim for EVERY gig you’ve played since the 1st January. That’s 6 months of tasty live performance royalties making their way into your bank account.

Whereas if you registered your songs on the 2nd July, you can only claim for the gigs you’ve played from the 1st July. That’s a days’ worth. Not as tasty.

So basically, if you’re an artist who isn’t a member of the PRS or signed up with us here at Sentric Music Then you really, really, really should sign up right now and give us all the information we need before the 1st July to ensure you don’t miss out on a penny of what is rightly yours from your general artist shenanigans so far this year.

Even if you’ve played one gig in the last six months, you should still come on board.

And if you’re playing any festivals this month, then you REALLY should sign up as the royalties from a events like that can be quite a nice bit of pocket money.

And if you’re not an artist, but know someone who is then send them to us. They’ll like you because you’ll have made them money and then they might buy you a beer/coffee/peppermint tea in return.

To start collecting all your royalties with Sentric Music whilst retaining all of your rights and also at the same time opening up your music for potential synchronisation deals then visit www.sentricmusic.com and click on the shiny yellow ‘Sign Up To Sentric’ button in the top right corner.

For more information on the PRS for Music then visit www.prsformusic.com

If you’ve got any questions about this then please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 020 7099 5991 or drop us an email on info@sentricmusic.com – we’re always here to help and we’re bloody lovely.

And just to give you an example on the kind of money you could be collecting:

Gigs

Small Venues – anything up to £4 -£6 per gig (so if you’ve played 25 gigs so far this year that’s £100 – £150)
Barfly – Sentric artists have previously received upwards of £19 per gig.
O2 Academy’s – Sentric artists have previously received upwards of £32 per gig.
Shepherds Bush Empire- (example of a mid-scale venue) – Sentric artists have previously received upwards of £392 per gig.
M.E.N Arena – (example of large venue) – Sentric artists have previously received upwards of £1,000 per gig
Leeds/Reading Festival – Sentric artists have previously received upwards of £1,200 per appearance

And it’s not just gigs as well, here are some TV/Radio Figures:

Radio (based on an average 3m 30s song)

BBC Radio 1 – up to £58.94
BBC 6 Music – up to £16.52
BBC 1Xtra – up to £11.72
BBC Regional Stations – up to £5
BBC Asian Network – up to £18

TV

BBC 1- Sentric artists have previously received upwards of £145 per play.
BBC 2- Sentric artists have previously received upwards of £60 per play.
Channel 4- Sentric artists have previously received upwards of £250 per play.
Five TV – Sentric artists have previously received upwards of £1,000 for being featured in an ident.

So there you go; quite simply, if you’re an unpublished artist you have NO VALID EXCUSE not to be collecting these royalties so come and sign up to reap the benefits!

Cheers for allowing me to ramble on about Sentric Music for a post, normal service will resume in a couple of weeks.

By Pursehouse – follow me on Twitter.

~ by Sentric on June 22, 2010.

2 Responses to “Why June is an important month for UK artists…”

  1. Very surprised as the size of the Xfm Scotland figure, not just because the station shut down/rebranded in 2008. Certainly shows why writers need to sign up though.

    • Yeah it is quite surprising, I believe it’s mainly from the previous distributions from when it was a FM station, but the figures are on the PRS site. I would imagine it’d be significantly lower now it’s just DAB. Are there any other stations in Scotland you’d like to know Jim?

      BBC Radio 1 Scotland is £1.39 per minute
      BBC Radio Scotland is £1.05 per minute
      Real Radio Scotland is £1.54 per minute

      How is life up in Glasgow? I’ll have to come up again soon and we’ll have another brew.

      Hope you’re well.

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