PRS for Music is currently undertaking a number of audits of its licence holders, as part of an ongoing ‘revenue assurance programme’.

Existing PRS for Music licence holders are being contacted and instructed to open their doors – their files, and their accounts – to third parties.

These examinations are carried out by forensic auditors, who don’t come cheap – so what tends to follow is a bill, usually backdated, and payable by the licensee.