FAQs

How did you know I was owed money?

We negotiate with other European collecting societies to secure a share of their income for British productions. Most collecting societies send a list of programmes that we are going to receive money for.  We obtain cast information for each title and enter this onto our database. As accurate cast lists are not always available, we often consult production companies or refer to DVDs to ensure payments reach all those who appear on the credits.

I received money from BECS. Why does this come from BECS and not via my agent as usual?

We collect payments for British productions shown overseas which are outside the terms of your original contract.  These payments are therefore eligible to be sent directly to the performer if you have instructed us to do so.

I did a TV series that has been released on DVD. Will BECS collect any money for this?

BECS does not collect revenue for video and DVD programme sales because there is no performers’ remuneration right covering this use of your work. What you get for DVDs is determined by the terms of your initial contract, which will normally be governed by a collective agreement between Equity and the producer. If you have a query on this matter, we advise that you speak to the Recorded Media department at Equity on 020 7670 0249.

How often does BECS send out payments?

BECS has one major distribution of of non contractual monies towards the middle of the year.  In addition, we carry out monthly mini-distributions in the last week of each month.

What is the difference between BECS and PPL?

PPL deals with sound recordings while BECS deals with film and television broadcasts. If you have ever performed on a record or CD that is played in the UK or overseas, you should register with PPL. Likewise, if you have ever appeared in a TV or film production that could be shown on mainstream European television channels, you should register with BECS. You can join BECS and PPL if you have performed on both sound and audio-visual recordings.

You sent me money for work done a few years ago when i was with an old agent. Do I have to pay the agency commission on it?

If BECS sends a payment to you directly it is probably from a non-contractual source of revenue.  Payment of commission on this to an old or current agent will be determined by your contract/relationship with that particular agent.

I’ve received a cheque for £125 but class 1 NI was not deducted. Why?

BECS does not make Class 1 NI deductions as the payments we make are not related to a salary.

Do I have to declare my payment if I am receiving benefits?

We believe that BECS income is treated as a subsection of self-employed income. Therefore someone in receipt of benefits may suffer a loss of those benefits as a result of receiving a payment from BECS.