Artists and estates have until Monday 2 February 2015 to apply for their share of Dutch Public Lending Right (Dutch PLR) royalties, for the lending of books featuring their work by libraries in the Netherlands.
Where do the royalties come from?
In the Netherlands, public libraries are required by law to pay a royalty to the Lending Right Foundation for each book they lend out. These royalties are paid to writers, artists and publishers via collecting societies.
Each year, we receive a share of this money from our Dutch sister society
, Pictoright, to pay to visual artists in the UK. Last year we paid artists and estates over £200,000 in Dutch PLR royalties, with individual royalty payments ranging from £100 to just over £5,000.
How do I apply?
To be eligible for royalties, artists must have had their work published in a UK book which has been translated into Dutch and published in the Netherlands. All types of visual artist can apply, including illustrators and photographers.
You cannot claim royalties for books lent through UK public libraries nor books which have been published in the Netherlands only.
To apply, simply complete our Dutch PLR form and return it by Monday 2 February 2015
. We will pay all eligible applicants in spring 2015.
Find out more and download the application form
Image: Illustrator Raymond Briggs in his studio. Photograph © Brian Benson