Gigs and Clubs Scheme
Payments for classical pieces being performed at music clubs and societies.
For some years now, devised with the assistance of a specialist music group, which consisted of jazz, folk and pop/rock/dance writers, there has been in existence a scheme called the Gigs and Clubs scheme, which allowed bands who performed in small venues to send in details and a set list and receive a payment. Admittedly it's a small payment (about £6), but this is better than nothing.
The previous method of sampling meant that most performers received nothing, whilst the lucky few who made the sample received an exaggeratedly large amount. Sarah Rogers and David Beford both noticed that this could be applied to classical pieces being performed at music clubs or societies, but that the wording of the explanation of the scheme was in language that assumed that everyone was playing 'gigs' whether rock, pop or jazz. Accordingly, they have been working with the management, of the PRS for Music via the Membership and Copyright Committee, to alter the wording so as to allow for the possibility of payment to classical members. Attached are the updated scheme details. These have now been incorporated into the wording of the scheme as it appears online on the PRS for Music website. PRS management are open to further tweaks if CJEC members feel that anything needs to be clarified further.
Scheme details are downloadable to the right.