It’s often said in this life, you only get what you pay for. When it comes to film music cinema owners get what they paid for and then have to pay for it again.
I’m talking about the unadulterated naked banditry that is The Performing Rights Society “Tariff C”. Put simply we’re paying extra for the music in the film, which is ridiculous.
We do have the choice between being shafted or rogered. Either 1% of our turnover or 4.84 pence per admission. That’s right, the P.R.S have a finger in all the cinema tills in the land to the tune of 1% of the net turnover!
That’s over £8 million a year.
I don’t want to use this blog to rant , OK I do, but few things make me as wild as the P.R.S . When the time comes to submit my payments I become more unstable than usual, punching walls and howling at the injustice of it all.
For years now I’ve been trying to get someone to explain how this chicanery is legal, but apparently it is. Protected in stone by both UK and European law.
Only the last remaining one legged Siberian Rhinotiger is more protected it seems than film composers.
We already pay for the film, shouldn’t that include the music? It’s not like I’m given the option of a print without the music, which would be silly of course, but it means I’m forced to pay out thousands of pounds whether I like it or not.
The scriptwriter doesn’t get extra payments, the special effects guy doesn’t get a nice cheque in the post once a month, so why the hell should the music department?
After buying a telly imagine if a bill dropped through your letterbox a year later that read: Music Royalty for Eastenders x 65 BBC News Jingle x 350 Open University Ident x 32 etc. Pretty much the same thing.
So, anyone? Convince me this is fair. I bet you can’t.
Any business transaction should be mutually beneficial, but I’m struggling to see what we get out of this one. The industry seem rather scared of standing up to the P.R.S in case the deal we strike makes us worse off.
Personally I’m all for chaining myself to John Williams until we get these payments eradicated.