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ALCS reaches 100,000-member milestone

By the end of 2018, membership of the Artists’ Licensing & Collecting Society (ALCS) had passed the 100,000 mark. ALCS now represents more than 100,000 authors from all creative backgrounds including writers of books, magazine articles, radio scripts and audiovisual scripts.

The objective of reaching 100,000 members was set out in the Society’s three-year strategic plan for 2016-19, and was therefore achieved ahead of the target deadline. A professional and highly efficient organisation working hard for writers, passionate about protecting and promoting their rights, ALCS has grown enormously from its beginnings as a tiny operation set up in 1977 by the Writers Action Group, an initially small band of writers – including ALCS’s Honorary President, Maureen Duffy – who volunteered their time to campaign for authors’ rights.

Since its formation four decades ago, ALCS has paid out around £500 million to all kinds of writers in over 100 countries. In the last five years, the organisation’s membership base has increased by 28% – from 78,000 to 100,000 members. In this time ASLCS has paid out over £145 million to its members in the cause of paying writers the royalties they are owed for their work. Many members of the Chartered Institute of Journalists are also members of ALCS – if you have not joined, please go to to sign up. Lifetime membership costs just £36.