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ALCS makes sure writers are paid what’s due to them when people use their work.

We collect money from all over the world, then pay it to our members. So far we’ve paid a total of £400 million. We also campaign to ensure writers' rights are recognised and rewarded, and teach people what copyright is all about. We have around 90,000 members, and are a not-for-profit organisation. We were started by writers, for writers, and have been going since 1977.

Membership of ALCS costs just £36 and you don't have to pay anything upfront. 

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  • 24/06/2016

    The EU referendum

    As you’ll all be aware by now the people of the UK have voted to leave the European Union. We’ll be looking in more detail at the implications of this decision for creators in the next edition of ALCS News, but wanted in the meantime to reassure members that the agreements we have in place with European organisations to collect money for UK writers’ works aren’t dependent on our being a member of the EU. So in that respect, it’s business as usual.

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  • 20/06/2016

    The Young Writer's Guide to Shakespeare: The winners

    ALCS and the National Schools Partnership recently teamed up once again to launch the 2015 Young Writer's Guide to Shakespeare, part of ALCS's ongoing work to introduce school students to the issue of copyright.


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  • 20/06/2016

    "The Journey": The winners of the ALCS and CILIP CKG 2016 Writing Competition

    ALCS is a long-time supporter of the hugely successful CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals annual shadowing scheme, in which tens of thousands of children in schools and libraries across the country read the books shortlisted for both Medals, argue with each other over which is the best, post reviews and vote for their own favourites, before the official winners are announced.

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  • 20/06/2016

    Winners of the CKG Medals and ALCS sponsored Amnesty CILIP Honour Announced

    It was announced this afternoon that Sarah Crossan has won the Carnegie Medal for her book One, with Chris Riddell, illustrator and Children’s Laureate, taking the Kate Greenaway Medal for his illustrations of The Sleeper and the Spindle, written by Neil Gaiman.

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  • 17/05/2016

    ALCS Chair Adam Singer steps down

    Authors’ Licensing & Collecting Society (ALCS) is seeking a Chair to succeed Adam Singer who is stepping down in Autumn 2016 after 3 years.

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