Britain's PPL used the platform of its inaugural annual performer meeting in London last night to unveil a string of new reciprocal accords.

The collecting society has forged agreements with counterparts RPA in Russia, Italy's IMAIE and Switzerland's Swissperform, and additional deals are expected to be detailed shortly.

PPL now has 38 such international agreements in place, including pacts struck earlier this year with Denmark's Gramex DK, Spain's AIE and France's Adami.

Monday night's meeting celebrated the first year of operation for PPL's new structure, following its merger with performer bodies PAMRA and AURA at the end of 2006. The integrated PPL was unveiled in January at a function during the Midem trade fair in Cannes.

"The performers' interest of maximum returns, quicker distribution, more accurate line up information, greater political leverage with overseas societies were original ambitions - and will remain so - but even after a year are now starting to bear fruit," commented Gerald Newson, chairman of the performer board.

He added, "We look forward to an even better and more exciting period next year by building on the experience that has been gained and the systems that have now been put into place."

During the formal business, Nigel Parker was re-elected to the board. "The next two years promise to be a very exciting time as we reap the benefits of the hard work put in to setting up the new performer structure," Parker noted.

The session finished on a musical note, with Maxi Priest and a number of artists taking to the ICA Theatre stage to perform tracks from the "Don't Trigger" album, part of a nationwide campaign to help stamp-out gun crime in Britain.

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