Narrators of audio-books now able to apply for Public Lending Right payments

The UK PLR Office has now confirmed that it is able to accept PLR applications for audio-books. It is important that registrations are made by  30 June 2015 for inclusion in the February 2016 PLR payment round. Visit to download an application form or apply for an online account. There is a Frequently Asked Questions […]

Unclaimed royalties – can you help spread the message?

We need your help to encourage performers who have royalties waiting for them to contact BECS  In the space of four years BECS has processed over £13 million of Equity royalty payments for performers who worked on union contracts which entitle them to secondary payments for their film, TV and musical cast album work. Unfortunately not […]

Review of the 2014 AGM at BAFTA


Late last year our sixteenth Annual General Meeting took place at BAFTA, London. We’d like to extend our thanks to all members who attended on December 1st, making the event a memorable occasion. As well as the usual business matters and review of BECS’ performance, this year for the first time three new Directors were […]

BECS’s first directly elected Directors named at this year’s AGM

Over 100 members attended this year’s Annual General Meeting at BAFTA on Monday 1st December and were present to hear the names of the society’s very first directly elected Board Directors announced. Following their election, the three newly appointed Directors, Jean Rogers, Frederick Pyne and Natasha Gerson, joined the Board with immediate effect. The business of […]

Over £2.5 million in extra revenue from Equity and BECS going out in December

Over £2.5 million of additional income has been paid out for performances in audiovisual works in BECS’s second major distribution of performer income this year. The largest portion of this, just over £1.8 million, has been negotiated under collective licence agreements by Equity with the major broadcasting companies for contributors in programmes carried on new […]

BECS welcomes announcement of launch of an application for Judicial Review of a private copying exception

BECS welcomes today’s announcement of a formal application for Judicial Review of recently implemented regulations relating to private copying of films and other copyright works which do not provide fair compensation for rights holders, who include our performer members. The Musicians’ Union (MU), British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) and UK Music have launched the application. […]

Annual Review shows performer payments hitting record high of £15.1 million in 2014

The BECS Annual Review is now available and shows that income collected by BECS and Equity and paid out to performers hit record-breaking levels in 2014. Payments from all four revenue streams rose strongly this year, with the volume of royalties administered for Equity recording the most impressive increase. Summing up our performance in the […]

Formal documents now available for this year’s AGM on 1 December 2014

The BECS Board has called for the Sixteenth Annual General Meeting to be held on Monday 1 December 2014 in the David Lean Room at BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London W1J 9NL. All members will shortly receive the 2014 Annual Review together with an invitation to attend the AGM. Proxy Voting Forms and a Notice concerning the Election […]

BECS extends its representation within South America by concluding a Representation Agreement with Inter Artis Peru

BECS has signed a further Representation Agreement with Inter Artis Peru to apply from 1 January 2014. The new Agreement enables BECS members to access equitable remuneration collected by Inter Artis Peru from a number of sources recognised under the Peruvian Copyright Act  and the Performers’ Act. The Representation Agreement complements the Representation Agreements previously concluded by BECS with […]

Public Lending Right office asks narrators of audio-books to delay applications for PLR until mid-December 2014

When new PLR regulations came into force on 1st July 2014, as reported in our news item on 27th June, the PLR Office was aiming to be in a position to accept PLR applications from narrators of audio-books from September 2014. The PLR Office has now asked that applications be delayed until mid-December 2014. The latest release […]