PRS for Music, the U.K. collecting society for songwriters, composers and publishers, has released figures showing an 8% year-on-year increase in income for 2008.

The society, which has a membership of 60,000, collected £608.2 million ($900.2 million), up from £562.1 million ($832 million) in 2007.

Broadcasting and online generated the most income, up 16% from £155 million ($229.35 million) last year to £180.2 million ($266.6 million) in 2008. International earnings jumped 15%, from £121.2 million ($179.3 million) to £139.8 million ($206.9 million), while public performance income was up 10% from £133.6 million ($197.7 million) to £146.6 million ($216.9 million).

While performance revenue enjoyed growth, falling CD sales meant that recorded media only generated £141.6 million ($209.6 million) - down 7% from £151.8 million ($224.7 million) last year. In that sector, audio products were down even more, by 13% to £103.1 million ($152.6 million).

In the broadcasting and online business category, income from TV rose 17% to £105.1 million ($155.55 million), while online revenue soared 81% to £17.6 million ($26.05 million). However, income from ringtones fell 11% to £5.7 million ($8.4 million).

Public performance income showed steady growth from the live sector, up 13% to £21.5 million ($31.8 million), as well as from various licensed premises including hotels and restaurants (up 15%), shops (up 14%), industrial premises (up 42%) and cinemas (up 17%).

However, income from pubs and clubs fell 2% to £39.7 million ($58.8 million). Although it is still the biggest earning sector for public performance, the conspicuous decline reflects the economic pressure on U.K. pubs, with the British Beer and Pub Associating estimating that six premises close every day.

PRS for Music administrative costs were steady at £68.5 million ($101.4 million), meaning that £549 million ($812.8 million) goes to members.

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