PRS for Music is struggling to pay royalties to writers for 50% of the electronic music songs played on British radio, due to incomplete metadata or writers having failed to register with the collecting society.

What’s more, the body claims that dance festivals like Creamfields and Glade have seen low filling-in rates of setlists by DJs – 35% and 15% respectively in 2011 – meaning more royalties not flowing to writers.

PRS wants to remedy the situation with ‘Amplify’, its new initiatve to persuade more electronic-music writers to sign up, and boost setlist reporting through technology – finding ways to automatically report tracks played in clubs rather than relying on DJs to fill in forms.

The newly-formed Association for Electronic Music has welcomed the initiative.

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