PPL

  1. PPL Licensing Revenue Up 11%

    May 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT PPL, the U.K. licensing body for record companies and performers, has issued financial results that show revenue for 2008 up 11% year-on-year, from £115 million ($173.8 million) to £127.6 million ($192.8 million). The licensing revenue - from U.K. ...

  2. Health Secretary Signs Up To PPL AGM

    May 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Alan Johnson, U.K. secretary of state for health, has been confirmed as the guest keynote speaker at recorded music licensing body PPL's annual general meeting. The AGM will take place on June 3 at King's Place in London. PPL (Phonograph ...

  3. Biz Welcomes EU Term Vote

    April 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. industry bodies the BPI, AIM and Musicians' Union have joined with labels' and performers' licensing organization PPL in welcoming a European Parliament vote in favor of extending the term for copyright on sound recordings from ...

  4. Steve Levine Helms Music Producers Guild

    April 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Steve Levine, producer of the Culture Club, the Beach Boys and Motorhead, has been appointed chairman of the U.K.'s Music Producers Guild, effective immediately. He takes over from Mike Howlett, who leaves to take the associate professor and ...

  5. Procol Harum Classic Tops 'Most-Heard' List

    April 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Procol Harum's 1967 classic "A Whiter Shade of Pale" has been named as the U.K.'s most-heard recording in all public places over the past 75 years. The chart, compiled by licensing organization PPL (Phonographic Performance Ltd ...

  6. BBC To Broadcast 'People's Chart'

    April 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT National U.K. AC broadcaster BBC Radio 2 will unveil a newly compiled chart of the most-heard recordings of the past 75 years in a three-hour special, "The People's Chart," on Easter Monday (April 13). The survey has been conducted ...

  7. Musicians Lobby EU On Term Extension

    April 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. licensing body PPL organized a reception in Brussels to help artists press their case for a fair copyright term deal at the EU level. The current term for copyright in sound recordings is 50 years and the European Commission proposed extendin ...

  8. U.K. Biz 'Disappointed' At EU Term Extension Rejection

    March 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. music industry has collectively voiced its disappointment, after the Council of the European Union rejected a proposal on term extension for copyright in sound recordings. A proposal on the term directive, put forward by the Czech preside ...

  9. Govt Minister Supports Performers On Term Extension

    February 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST David Lammy, the minister for higher education and intellectual property, voiced his support on term extension during a parliamentary meeting with musicians organized by U.K. performers' licensing body PPL. The copyright term meeting in commi ...

  10. Billboard Hosts MIDEM Masters Breakfast

    January 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST Day two of MIDEM began early for those attending Billboard's MIDEM Masters Breakfast at the InterContinental Carlton hotel in Cannes. Dozens of delegates at the MIDEM international music market and conference attended the invite-only breakfas ...

  11. PPL Responds To Radio Royalty Cut Call

    December 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST PPL, the licensing body for U.K. performers and labels, has responded to comments by Global Radio chief executive Ashley Tabor in which he called for a "new balance" in the amount of revenue spent on music royalties. Commercial radio sta ...

  12. Term Extension Message Sent To PM

    November 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST A group of U.K. musicians has delivered a video message to prime minister Gordon Brown, urging the government to support proposals to extend the copyright term for performers and record companies. The video was filmed at Abbey Road Studios in Lond ...

  13. U.K. Musicians Appeal To PM On Term Extension

    November 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST PPL, the licensing body for U.K. performers and record labels, has taken the next step in its fight to extend the copyright term for musicians by signing a letter to British prime minister Gordon Brown. The letter, which includes the signatures of ...

  14. U2 Honors Grainge At MITs

    November 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST U2 was among the artists saluting Universal Music Group International chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge at the Music Industry Trusts' Award ceremony at London's Grosvenor House Hotel. Universal-signed pop acts Mika and Take That performed at t ...

  15. U.K. Music Launches As One Voice For Biz

    October 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. Music, a new umbrella organization for the British music industry, is officially open for business and will begin by addressing the thorny issue of illegal file-sharing. The industry body launched today (Oct. 27) and will aim to be one voice ...

  16. UKMusic Launches To Represent British Biz

    September 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A new organization, UKMusic, has launched with the support of eight trade bodies from the U.K. music industry. UKMusic officially began work on Sept. 25 after British Music Rights (BMR) - which represented the views of composers and songwriters to ...

  17. PPL, URADEX Strike Reciprocal Deal

    July 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT British music services organization PPL has struck a reciprocal deal with the Belgian performer society URADEX, covering rights from public performance, broadcast and private copying of sound recordings in the U.K. and Belgium. The accord, unveile ...

  18. EC Proposes Extended Copyright Term

    July 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission today formally proposed an extension in the term of copyright for recorded performances from 50 to 95 years, rewarding the tens of thousands of British artists and the trade bodies which have lobbied intensively for new mea ...

  19. Oasis, Adams Win Big At Silver Clefs

    July 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Oasis took home the top prize at the prestigious O2 Silver Clef awards in London. Noel Gallagher, Gem Archer and Andy Bell -- singer Liam Gallagher was notable by his absence -- picked up the prestigious Silver Clef award Friday (July 4) at the Hi ...

  20. Brit Gov't Launches C'right Exemption Consultation

    July 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The British government is launching a new consultation in respect of certain copyright exemptions applied to not-for-profit organizations and charitable group for the performance of recorded music in public. The Government says it is aware that ce ...

  21. Burnham, Loog Oldham Confirmed For ITC

    June 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fresh from delivering a keynote speech at the PPL annual general meeting this week, Britain's culture secretary Andy Burnham has confirmed his participation at this year's In The City music convention. Burnham joins former Rolling Stones ...

  22. Burnham Keeps 'Open Mind' On 50-Year C'right Term

    June 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Andy Burnham, Britain's culture secretary, has reached out to the U.K. music industry with a show of support, while promising to keep an "open mind" on the rumbling debate that is the 50-year term of copyright issue. Speaking at col ...

  23. Int'l Performance Right Community Gathers In London

    May 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT "Getting a fair deal for music" was the underlying theme of a two-day international industry summit this week in central London which focused on the steadily growing income stream that is performance rights revenue. Public performance ri ...

  24. Burnham Speaks At PPL AGM

    May 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Britain's culture secretary Andy Burnham will be a guest speaker at PPL's annual general meeting, to be held June 4 at the British Music in central London. Burnham was appointed secretary of state for Culture, Media and Sport in a cabine ...

  25. PPL, ACTRA PRS Strike Reciprocal Pact

    March 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST British music services organization PPL has forged a reciprocal deal with the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists Performers' Rights Society (ACTRA PRS). Through the retroactive accord, unveiled today, members of PPL and ...

  26. Industry Bodies Back Wishart Bill On C'right Term

    February 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST British neighboring rights collecting society PPL, the Musicians Union and labels body the BPI have thrown their support behind Peter Wishart's ambition to change the current legislation on the U.K.'s term of copyright. Scottish National ...

  27. EU Commissioner Backs Copyright Term Extension

    February 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST The European Union's internal market commissioner has given his unequivocal support to industry demands for an extension for the term of copyright on sound recordings. Commissioner Charlie McCreevy said today he intends to propose an extensio ...

  28. Last.fm, PPL Strike Web Radio License Pact

    February 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Last.fm, the music-based social network, and neighboring rights collecting society PPL have forged a performance royalty agreement. Through the U.K. licensing deal, unveiled today, artists and labels represented by PPL will be able to collect roya ...

  29. Pandora Closing UK Service

    January 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Personalized Internet radio service Pandora is closing its last non-US service next week, citing royalty fees too high to remain operational. The development came to light in an e-mail to members from co-founder Tim Westergren. "Both the PPL ...

  30. BPI Says Indies Remain On Its Side

    December 18, 2007 12:00 AM EST The BPI is downplaying reports that it has raised the ire of its independent label membership by handing the majors a cut-rate subscription. The BPI's budget was unanimously approved last week at the trade body's council meeting, which i ...

  31. Memory Lives On For Led Zep Comeback

    December 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST Monday night's Led Zeppelin comeback concert has now moved into memory for the chosen few who attended. But as the dust settles on the gig at London's O2 Arena, a Billboard round-up of executive attendees suggests the performance certain ...

  32. Acts Unveils For Midem Brit Night

    November 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST Reverend & The Makers and Richard Hawley are among the acts confirmed for the British Music at Midem event, a showcase for rising U.K. artists to perform for the global music industry. British Music at Midem, which includes an acoustic set fol ...

  33. PPL Strikes Hat-trick Of Reciprocal Deals

    November 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST 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 ...

  34. PPL Backs Anti-Gun Campaign

    November 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST U.K. collecting society PPL has teamed with Urban Concepts to back the socially-conscious body's national anti-gun campaign. Music is at the nub of a new annual project, "Don't Trigger," which intends to alert Britons on the ri ...

  35. MITS Honor For Kylie

    October 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Kylie Minogue was feted Monday night with the prestigious annual Music Industry Trusts' Award at a gala dinner at the Grosvenor House Hotel. The Australian entertainer became the first woman to receive the honor in the U.K. music business eve ...

  36. Brit Biz Rallies Politicians On IP

    September 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Intellectual property will be on the agenda when the British recorded music industry stages its own event tonight as part of the Labour Party conference in Bournemouth, south east England. EMI will jointly host the "Never Mind The Politics, H ...

  37. Copyright Alliance Criticizes Gowers Review

    July 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Copyright Alliance has entered into the boisterous British debate on term of copyright. The Washington-based copyright body has openly criticized the government-backed Gowers Review on intellectual property, which recommended that the governme ...

  38. PPL, ADAMI Strike Reciprocal Deal

    July 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT British music services organization PPL has forged a groundbreaking accord with counterpart ADAMI in France. Through the reciprocal agreement, unveiled today, thousands of performers in both countries will benefit from the deal and will now be ent ...

  39. U.K. Biz Forms United Front On C'right Term

    July 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Just hours after the U.K. government poured cold water on hopes for an extension to the term of copyright on sound recordings, the U.K. music industry has vowed to push ahead with its campaign. In a show of solidarity, representatives from the BPI ...

  40. U.K. Gov't Backs Gowers Review

    July 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In a development which will stun British music industry lobbyists, the U.K. government has backed the Gowers Review on intellectual property. Britain's department for culture, media and sport today confirmed its stance when it issued its form ...

  41. Tory Leader Cameron Backs C'right Term Extension

    July 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Britain's official opposition political party will throw its support behind the industry's quest to extend the term of copyright, the Conservative Party's leader declared today. Using the platform of the BPI's annual general me ...

  42. U.K. Biz Gathers For PPL AGM

    June 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Britain's PPL will continue fighting for an extension in the term of copyright on sound recordings -and intends to draw Britain's incoming Prime Minister into the debate. Speaking on stage at the society's annual general meeting tod ...

  43. V2 Backs Music Degree

    June 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT U.K. independent label V2 has established a £15,000 ($29,655) Master's Degree scholarship to help further the careers of potential future music-industry executives. The scholarship, part of V2's 10th-anniversary celebrations this year, h ...

  44. Countdown Starts On U.K. Gov't Reply To C'right Term Report

    May 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. government has less than two months to respond on high-level recommendations for an extension to the term of copyright on sound recordings. House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee chairman John Whittingdale explains that the c ...

  45. U.K. Parliament Committee Calls For C'right Term Extension

    May 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee has recommended to the U.K. government that the term of copyright on sound recordings be extended beyond its current 50 year term. The copyright term should be "extended to at least 70 y ...

  46. U.K. Parliamentary Jazz Awards Handed Out

    April 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Pianist Gwilym Simcock was named jazz musician of the year, one of the top honors at last night's All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group Awards. Other winners included Jez Nelson for jazz broadcaster of the year, Jazzwise as the publ ...

  47. Legal Vet George Joins Edge Group

    April 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Alasdair George, the former senior VP of legal and business affairs at Sony BMG U.K., has joined London-based advisory and investment firm Edge Group, with effect from April 16. Based in London, he will report to Edge Group founder David Glick. Du ...

  48. Nominations Revealed For U.K. Parliamentary Jazz Awards

    March 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Jazz saxophonist and rapper Soweto Kinch, guitarist John Etheridge and pianist Gwilym Simcock will battle it out in the musician category at this year's All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group Awards. Other categories include best CD, ...

  49. Hazarika Joins EMI Group

    February 16, 2007 12:00 AM EST EMI Group U.K. has appointed Ayesha Hazarika as VP, industry and government affairs, reporting to Victoria Bassetti, EMI's senior VP of government relations. The former chief press secretary to Patricia Hewitt, U.K. Secretary of State for Tra ...

  50. Midem Day One: DRM Takes Center Stage

    January 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST A buzzing and busy Midem opened for business today (Jan. 21), on what would otherwise have been a sunny, lazy Sunday. The annual music industry convention, now in its 41st year, continued to play host to the MidemNet conference, the specialist tec ...

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