Your guide to the March 2021 ALCS distribution

Next month, ALCS will pay 90,000 members a share of around £25 million. Payments should reach UK bank accounts on or around 25 March 2021. Here’s your guide to the first distribution of 2021.


Have you changed your bank details since the last ALCS distribution? Make sure you update your ALCS account with the new details by 4 March to ensure you receive a payment if you’re due one.

Now is also the time to check the works we have for you are up to date. Login to your ALCS account and make sure only your own works have been attributed to you. If you see any anomalies on your account then please do let us know.


If you are, we will:

  • send an email to your registered email address to let you know your statement is ready to download
  • add a notification to your online account to let you know that there is a new statement available to download.

If you don’t receive an email and there is no notification in your online account, then you haven’t received a payment this time. It’s worth remembering that we receive money from different income streams at different times of the year, so what’s included in each distribution isn’t necessarily the same each year.

We’re unable to send out any paper statements to members, so you’ll need to login to your online account to access yours. If you don’t have an online account, please contact us and we can set up one for you.


The March 2021 distribution will include payments for retransmissions of audiovisual work; photocopying of books in the educational sector in both the UK and overseas, as well as the government sector in the UK; journal and magazine articles; and overseas Public Lending Right (PLR) plus other smaller amounts.

Your statement will show where your works have been used, as well as how they’ve been used and the amounts you’ve been paid for each use. Take a look at the March 2021 Distribution sources guide to help you understand where the money you are due has been collected from.


  • 4 March– final date to tell us about your new bank account and check your works
  • 25 March– date we’re making payments (please note it can take a few days for payments to arrive, depending on who you bank with)