theatre hit by 'shock' bill for music copyright costs
Princess Theatre has been landed with a shock bill for thousands
of pounds by the Performing Rights Society, it has emerged this
theatre has received an unexpected bill for £3,368 to cover
music copyright costs from recent performances, the Town Council
Chairman Cllr Peter Burridge-Clayton told a council meeting that
the bill had come as a surprise, adding that the theatre was unaware
the cost would be a liability.
he reassured fellow councillors over the unplanned bill. "It's
been caused by a communication problem and has come as a shock,
but we are dealing with it," he said.
previously understood that musical groups would have to pay their
own PRS costs, but it's actually us as a venue," he added.
added that the performing rights charges have ranged from £35
for a band performing live music to a tribute band cost which
required 2% of the total box office takings.
Town Council's Princess Management Committee has decided to make
several changes to its hire changes to cover the costs in the
next year, all bookings will be charged for their cost of the
Performing Rights Bill. Lettings will have it as part of the charges
in booking the venue," said a spokesman.
community events involving music, the theatre manager has some
discretion to stagger the increase over 18 months if a need can