Works Interested Party Role
Adapter AD The author or one of the authors of an adapted text of a
Administrator * AM An interested party that collects royalty payments on
behalf of a publisher that it represents.
Arranger AR A modifier of musical elements in a musical work
Author, Writer, Lyricist A The creator or one of the creators of a text of a musical
Composer C The creator, or one of the creators, of the musical
elements of a musical work
Composer/Author CA The creator or one of the creators of text and musical
elements within a musical work
Original Publisher E The interested party which hasacquired by agreement
with a composer and/or author rights in a work for a
stipulated territory and for a stipulated duration
Publisher Income Participant * PA A person or corporation that receives royalty payments
for a work but is not a copyright owner.
Sub-Author SA The author of a text substituting or modifying an
existing text of a musical work
Sub-Publisher * SE The interested party which has acquired by agreement
with a publisher rights in one or more works for a
stipulated territory and duration.
Sub-Arranger SR A creator of arrangements made on behalf of the sub-publisher. Note: cannot be used on WID submissions
Substituted Publisher * ES A publisher acting on behalf of publisher or sub-publisher
Translator TR The modifier of text of a musical work into a different
Associated Performer PR An artist commonly associated with a work whose name
can be used for accurate identification
When should I join UPRS?
An aspiring songwriter, composer and/or artist’s career. If you have written at least one musical composition, either by yourself or with others, and the composition is currently being performed or is likely to be performed soon, you should join UPRS. An official “public performance” can be live or recorded, and occurs when your musical composition is performed on the radio, television, or the Internet, as well as in live music venues, clubs, and in other public performances.
What is the difference between a songwriter and a publisher?
A songwriter or composer is the creator of a work, which is a song, score or other musical composition. A publisher, on the other hand, is an individual or company that owns or administers the copyright of a work. The writer or creator of the work must assign the copyright to a publisher in order for that publisher to claim ownership.
What is the fee to join UPRS as a songwriter?
Joining UPRS as a songwriter is free. There are no fees or annual dues of any kind for songwriters and composers.
Do I need to be a member of a foreign society if my music is played abroad?
No, UPRS has international affiliate organizations that manage and collect royalties in their countries on behalf of our members. So you enjoy worldwide protection for your music with just one membership.
What is the difference between performing right royalties, mechanical royalties and sync royalties?
UPRS royalties are performing right royalties, which are earned when a musical work is performed publicly. Public performance occurs when a song is sung or played, recorded or live, on radio and television, as well as through other media such as the Internet, live concerts and programmed music services.
UPRS grants licenses to perform, use or broadcast music from its extensive repertoire to hundreds of thousands of users of music in public places, such as radio and tv stations, hotels, clubs, colleges, restaurants, stores, and more.
The “mechanical” right is the right to reproduce a piece of music onto CDs, DVDs, records or tapes. (Non-mechanical reproduction includes such things as making sheet music, for which royalties are paid by the publisher to the composer.)
The “synchronization,” right, when reproduction of music is made onto a soundtrack of a film or TV show, the reproduction is called “synchronization,” and the license that the TV or film producer needs to obtain is called a synchronization, or “sync,” license.
Mechanical royalties and synchronization fees are paid by record companies and film and TV producers directly to the copyright owner, usually the publisher, or his or her representative.
Who can claim royalties?
A song is traditionally a combination of music and lyrics – people who create these lyrics and/or music are often called ‘composer’, ‘writer’, or ‘author’. The creators of the lyrics and/ or music can claim royalties. If you are someone who takes pieces of other tracks/CDs/peoples music and combines them into something new then you’re not a composer, writer, author and you can’t claim any royalties.
Can I still be a member if I live abroad?
Yes, we have a number of members living abroad.
Do the all members of the band join or just one person?
Everybody who has written lyrics and/or music should join UPRS.
Who needs a music usage license from UPRS?
Any venue, business or person that plays background, recorded, broadcast or live music in public, or that makes a copy of a musical work, must get a music usage license from UPRS.