Artists might soon find themselves entitled to more performance fees.

PRS for Music is reportedly working with Google on a project that should make performance fees for music played in public more accurate.

The news was revealed by PRS head Robert Ashcroft in a recent interview with Forbes, where he described a device that would sit in bars, clubs and shops and track the music played.

PRS for Music pays registered artists an amount for their work being performed in public, but it’s very difficult to do accurately. The device, which uses the Google Play Music library to identify what’s being played, would work in a similar way to Shazam to give PRS accurate play counts.

The device is still a long way off being finished, and isn’t yet cost effective enough to deploy nationwide, but it could put more money into the pockets of independent artists and less into that of majors who generally take a larger cut of public performance fees.

It’s the latest initiative from PRS aiming to make sure musicians are being paid what they’re owed. In 2013 it launched Amplify, which aimed to educate the dance music community on its neglected royalties. [via Music Business Worldwide]

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