So doing a PPL claim is not top of the list of fun things to do on a Monday night. But if you have played on a commercial recording, you should be registered, to receive royalties. With the help of this video, I’m asking you to feel the fear, grab a bucket, and do it anyway.
PPL (Phonographic Performance Limited) collects royalties on behalf of musicians who have played on recordings that are broadcast on TV and Radio. It’s not a lot, but if the track is popular then it can build up to a significant sum.
Sometimes, your contribution to a recording is registered with PPL by the record label, more often, you have to do it yourself and the PPL website, in my experience, is not the most user-friendly experience, until you have navigated its quirky features.
This video takes you through the steps of a claim, in a way that I believe works! If I have made any errors or omissions (as I was vomiting whilst making this, obviously) please comment here. To see the vid in better detail, watch full-screen on the Vimeo page.