March distribution 2023: Top facts and figures

Last month, ALCS paid 101,462 members a share of £32,150,219. Here are some of our headline statistics.

This figure was the most we have ever paid out in a single distribution and a big increase from previous years. This is partly due to changes we made to our articles scheme which meant more money was paid out to those who claimed, to help with the current cost-of-living crisis.

The money was paid out for:

  • 131,084 books
  • 60,810 articles
  • 36,028 TV programmes
  • 4,518,222 minutes of transmissions

Most members (78.9%) received payments between £100 and £1,000. For other members:

  • 15.9% of members received payments between £10 and £100.
  • 5% of members received payments between £1,000 and £10,000
  • 0.2% of members received payments over £10,000

We know you’re always interested to hear where the money that ALCS collects comes from. For the March payment, we collected the highest revenues from:

  • Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) Serials licenses
  • CLA Higher Education licenses
  • Dutch cable retransmission
  • CLA Business licenses
  • CLA Further Education licenses

We also paid members £885,259.89 for international Public Lending Right (PLR). PLR is the fee authors receive when their works are lent out by libraries. While PLR for UK library loans is administered by the British Library, we collect money on behalf of UK authors when their books are borrowed from libraries outside of the UK.

If you want to know more about the recent distribution, here is the full list of income sources for March 2023.