Payback 2021 is now open

    Make sure you claim your fair of share of royalties! 

    How it works


    For many working artists, Payback is the first DACS service they encounter. It’s a scheme which pays artists annually when their artworks have been published in UK books, magazines or on TV.

    Since its founding in 1999, we’ve paid out over £60 million in Payback royalties. Artists who claimed in 2020, received a share of £5 million with individual payments of up to £520 for books and magazines and up to £3000 when also claiming for TV.

    How to apply

    Our Payback website makes the process of claiming your royalties fast and simple.

    Check out our helpful guide to Payback to get you started with your claim.


    Register now and make a note of these important dates:

    1. Complete Part 1 by 26 February

    2. Complete Part 2 by 23 April (you must complete Part 2 to ensure you receive any royalties)

    3. Payday! We pay royalties in early October.



    Supporting artists

    Payback provides a reliable source of income for artists, especially during this challenging time, and we are proud to help them get the royalties they deserve.

    'Every year, DACS makes life as an artist that little bit more tolerable, and in the toughest year I've faced as a full time, self employed artist, it's meant more than ever.' - Rab Harling, Payback member 

    'Rejoicing because of my DACS payment, especially in the current climate. It's a little lifeline.' - Chloe Douglass, Payback member 

    Find out more

    • Claim Payback
    • Watch our helpful guide
    • Read our FAQs
    • Contact us on 020 7780 7580 or at payback@dacs.org.uk
    • Help us spread the word with #Payback21

    Posted on by Bel New