Claim your share of over £3 million in Payback royalties from DACS

    DACS has over £3 million in Payback royalties to share amongst visual artists and beneficiaries whose work has been reproduced in UK books and magazines or broadcast on certain UK television channels.

    Launched on 1 August 2012, Payback is an annual service run by DACS and artists and beneficiaries now have until 31 October to claim their share.

    Last year the average Payback claim was £285 and the highest payment made to an artist was £5,500. While royalty payments can vary year to year, everyone who makes a successful Payback claim is guaranteed a minimum of £25.

    Payback royalties come from revenue generated through various UK collective licensing schemes and includes the photocopying of books and magazines by local government departments, universities and other businesses. DACS negotiates a share of this collective licensing revenue which we distribute to thousands of visual artists and their heirs each year through Payback.

    The quickest way to claim Payback is to claim online. Alternatively, artists and beneficiaries can download a Payback claim form and return it to DACS by post, fax or email.

    Nicolas Watkins-Wright, Payback Manager at DACS, says: “Once you have had your first successful Payback claim you can claim for the same published work every year. So if you add new works to your claim, your royalty payment could increase too.”

    Find out more about how to claim Payback.

    To contact the Payback team call 020 7553 9099 or email

    Notes for editors:

    Established by artists for artists, DACS (the Design and Artists Copyright Society) is a not-for-profit visual artist rights management organisation.

    DACS offers three rights management services – Payback, the Artist’s Resale Right and Copyright Licensing – in addition to lobbying, advocacy and legal advice for visual artists.

    As a not for profit organisation, DACS retains a share of the Payback royalties we collect on behalf of artists to cover our costs. Since 2008, we have been reducing the percentage of revenue we retain for Payback by 1% each year: from 24% in 2008, to 20% in 2012.

    Posted on 01/08/2012 by Joanne Milmoe