Adam Singer has tendered his resignation as group CEO of Britain's MCPS-PRS Alliance, just 18 months after joining the collecting society.

Adam Singer has tendered his resignation as group CEO of Britain's MCPS-PRS Alliance, just 18 months after joining the collecting society.

In a statement issued today (Sept. 19), the Alliance confirms that Singer will exit once the pending Copyright Tribunal hearing runs its course. The Tribunal hearing is due to begin Sept. 25, and continue through to Oct. 20.

"I have enjoyed my time here, and the imminent arrival of a template that will determine music trading in the digital world makes this a good time to drop the pilot," Singer said in the release.

Commenting in the Alliance's statement, Ellis Rich, chairman of PRS and the group, said, "Adam Singer has brought the organisation vast experience and knowledge in helping lead and frame the arguments we are taking to the Tribunal and beyond. The Board will miss his wise counsel but has, however, to respect his wishes to move on to new challenges."

Rich's counterpart Tom Bradley, chairman of MCPS and joint-chairman of the Alliance added, “Adam's experience of the broadcasting industry gave us a unique perspective on the digital challenges facing the music industry today and will leave us in a much stronger position to represent the interests of our members in this rapidly changing market."

Singer, a veteran broadcasting executive, replaced longtime Alliance CEO John Hutchinson in February 2005.

His entry into the role -- and the wider music industry -- proved not a smooth one. By July 2005, a dispute had spilled over with the British Phonographic Industry and a raft of online services over the Alliance's proposed online royalty rates in the United Kingdom. The BPI and the online firm -- AOL, iTunes, MusicNet, Napster, RealNetworks, Sony Connect and Yahoo -- referred the Alliance to the Copyright Tribunal.

In 2005, the Alliance collected record revenues of £524.7 million ($919.6 million) for its 50,000 composer, songwriter and music publisher members. The figure was up close to 10% from the previous year.

Billboard.biz understands that Singer's departure will be a key discussion point Wednesday (Sept. 20) when MCPS-PRS executives gather for a regular board meeting in London.