Over 10,000 Performers Paid in 2012 Distribution

BECS are pleased to announce that we have completed our annual payout of non-contractual revenue.  Over 10,000 artists have received payments in this year’s distribution. This has been another year of growth with approximately £7 million in revenue being negotiated and collected by BECS and Equity for the benefit of performers in British film, television […]

BECS Consultation on Company Code of Conduct

As a member of the British Copyright Council, BECS are committed to maintain the highest standards.  The collecting society members of the BCC have agreed to adopt company codes of conduct based on a BCC framework which should be in place by November 2012. A draft of the BECS code can be found by clicking […]

Diplomatic Conference on the Protection of Audiovisual Performances Endorses New Treaty providing new rights for performers


Reporting from Beijing, Jean Rogers, Actor and Chairman, British Equity Collecting Society, said: “It has been so exciting here to witness the culmination of so many years of debate!  I have no doubt we can build on this.  As far as the status of the artist goes, this is a welcome turn around at last.” […]

Message from the Chairman

Dear Member, Good news! It’s that time of year again when BECS will be commencing its annual distribution of non-contractual monies. These are the monies that BECS collects on your behalf from broadcasters and overseas collecting societies against your statutory rights as performers and it is vitally important, as a member of BECS, that you […]

BECS Chief Executive elected to the Board of SCAPR

Andy Prodger, BECS Chief Executive, was elected at its recent General Assembly held in BLED, Slovenia, to serve on the Board of The Societies’ Council for the Collective Management of Performers’ Rights (SCAPR). SCAPR is a members organisation representing approximately 50 performers rights organisations around the world. The aim of SCAPR is to develop bilateral […]

Public Consultation on PLR

The DCMS has published a Consultation paper concerning the proposed transfer of the Public Lending Rights functions currently undertaken by the Registrar of Public Lending Right to another organisation. The Consultation Paper can be accessed here. Responses have been requested by 30 July 2012. The aim is for the current PLR office to make efficiency […]

BECS Responds to Government Consultation on Copyright

BECS has responded to the latest very wide-ranging consultation on copyright, the deadline for which was 21 March 2012. Our reponse particularly emphasised the important and fair compensation that our members receive from the system of levies which applies to private copying in many other EU member states. Full copies of our main response document […]

New Board Directors Appointed

Following the rule changes adopted at the 2011 AGM, BECS’s Chief Executive Officer, Andy Prodger, and Steve Kenis of talent agency Steve Kenis & Co have become members of the Board of Directors.  Steve Kenis is the PMA’s representative.

New Rule Changes Adopted at 2011 AGM

The members of BECS present at the annual general meeting at the Royal Opera House in December 2011 adopted changes to the Articles of Association of the company.  The changes allow a nominee for each of the Personal Managers’ Association and the Co-operative Personal Management Association to sit on the Board of BECS. It was also agreed that […]

2011 Annual Report and Financial Statements Now Available

The 2011 Annual Report and full Financial Statements of the company to the end of April 2011 can be viewed below. Copies of the Annual Report will be mailed out to BECS members in mid-November. If you have any questions or comments on the Report or Financial Statements please contact us via this website. BECS […]