PRS for Music

  1. Prince Charles, Paul McCartney and Lily Allen Toast PRS For Music's Centennial

    November 26, 2014 9:00 AM EST Late last week, their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall hosted a reception at their official London residence, Clarence House, to celebrate 100 years of U.K. collection society  PRS for Music .  Sir Paul McCartney ...

  2. YouTube & Sweden's STIM Reach 'Milestone' Licensing Deal

    October 20, 2013 11:25 PM EDT YouTube and Swedish-based music creators’ rights organization STIM have finally hammered-out a European licensing arrangement. Terms weren’t disclosed on the deal, which allows STIM rightsholders and affiliates to earn revenue when their music i ...

  3. Simon Darlow, Songwriter for Grace Jones, Shirley Bassey, Named Chairman of U.K. Rights Org BASCA

    February 28, 2013 5:00 AM EST U.K. songwriters’ body BASCA (the British Association of Songwriters, Composers & Authors) has announced the appointment of composer, musician and arranger Simon Darlow as its new chairman. Darlow, 52, has a long list of song credits including ...

  4. Business Matters: Are DJs and EDM Artists Making Sure They're Getting Paid?

    February 13, 2013 6:59 PM EST As EDM becomes big business in the United States, some food for thought comes from PRS for Music, the collection society in the United Kingdom. PRS announced Wednesday it launched an electronic music initiative called Amplify to better ensure ...

  5. Radiohead, Pink Floyd Members Express Opposition To EU Draft Copyright Legislation

    July 11, 2012 1:54 PM EDT Newly proposed draft legislation by the European Commission designed to enhance cross-border digital licensing, streamline societies' royalty collection and combat piracy has been criticized by artists' lobbying body Younison, which repr ...

  6. UK's Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society Lost $3.9 Million in 2011 As Financial Woes Continue

    July 05, 2012 2:19 PM EDT The plummeting sales of physical CDs in 2011 are hurting the U.K.'s MCPS (Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society) and are expected to continue this year, the society's officials disclosed at the Music Publishers Association (MPA) annual ...

  7. UK's PRS For Music Says Digital Royalties To Match Physical By 2014

    June 01, 2012 7:43 AM EDT On the heels of yesterday's announcement by the British Phonographic Institute that digital sales have overtaken physical sales comes news from the UK's PRS For Music, Britain's collection society, that digital royalty payments will ...

  8. BMG Rights Management and Germany's GEMA Sign 'One-Stop' European Digital Licensing Deal

    May 24, 2012 3:34 PM EDT BERLIN - BMG Rights Management and the German collection society GEMA reached an agreement that will simplify the licensing and administration of online rights for BMG's Anglo-American repertoire across Europe. The partnership will begin July ...

  9. Adele, PJ Harvey, Lana Del Rey Win at 57th Ivor Novello Awards

    May 17, 2012 2:54 PM EDT British hit machine Adele continued to roll in the accolades when she collected two awards today (May 17) at the 57th Ivor Novello Awards, which recognizes the best songwriters and composers in the U.K. and Ireland. Adele won two, for Songwriter o ...

  10. PRS For Music Reports 3.2% Rise in Royalties in 2011

    April 02, 2012 8:14 AM EDT An upbeat U.K. collecting society PRS for Music is attributing the 3.2% increase in the amount of royalties collected in 2011 to growth in income from legitimate digital-music services and the continued popularity of U.K. repertoire overseas. PRS ...

  11. Rdio Launches in Canada, Signs European Deal With PRS

    March 22, 2012 9:26 AM EDT Rdio has released a string of announcements in recent days, with a major cosmetic overhaul debuted at SXSW and the streaming service reaching the 15 million songs threshold. Rdio Announces Major Changes At SXSW Event Now Rdio has signed on to be t ...

  12. Jeremy Fabinyi Leaves Europe for Australasian Music Publishers Association

    March 20, 2012 2:43 PM EDT After more than a decade working in the European rights business, industry vet Jeremy Fabinyi is heading home to Australia where he will return to the helm of the country's music publishers' trade body. With effect from April 10, Fabinyi ...

  13. Jez Bell, Peter Bradbury, Matt DeFlippis Discuss: Do We Need Music Collecting Societies in the Digital Age? @SXSW Panel

    March 16, 2012 4:53 PM EDT Jez Bell, Director of Licensing Omnifone; Matt DeFilippis VP New Media & Technology ASCAP; Peter Bradbury Head of Rights BBC (Photo: Jason Gross) Who cares about companies who collect royalties for songwriters and publishers (i.e. ASCAP, BMI)? ...

  14. U.K. Music Launches Equality & Diversity Charter

    February 09, 2012 1:23 PM EST Keith Harris, director of performer affairs at U.K. collecting society PPL and spokesperson for the Alliance for Diversity in Music & Media (ADMM), horrified an audience of music and media folk yesterday (Feb. 8) at the launch of the British m ...

  15. Spirit Music Group Joins IMPEL, Pan-European Licensing Debate Remains Unresolved

    January 26, 2012 5:20 AM EST New York-based Spirit Music Group has become the first U.S.-based member of IMPEL, the initiative launched by U.K. collecting society PRS for Music to enable independent publishers with Anglo-American repertoires to navigate the complicated pan-Eu ...

  16. Publishing Briefs: Bicycle Acquires Glen Ballard's Aerostation, Interest in Hamlisch Catalog; Spirit Acquires Guercio's Publishing

    August 11, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Bicycle Acquires Glen Ballard's Aerostation, Interest in Hamlisch Catalog In separate deals, Bicycle Music has acquired Glen Ballard's Aerostation Corporation music catalog and a significant interest in Marvin Hamlisch's catalog. Te ...

  17. U.K. Report Underscores that Labels Must Look Beyond Digital Music Sales

    August 08, 2011 6:42 AM EDT The recording industry's salvation no longer lies in digital music alone. Instead, based on market dynamics at play in the United Kingdom, revenue diversification appears to be the key. According to IFPI, the total trade value of U.K. recor ...

  18. Analysis: Diversity, Not Just Digital Sales, Will Save the Recording Industry

    August 05, 2011 4:40 PM EDT The recording industry's salvation no longer lies in digital music alone. Instead, based on market dynamics at play in the United Kingdom, revenue diversification appears to be the key. According to IFPI, the total trade value of U.K. recorde ...

  19. Indian Performance Royalties Threatened By Court Rulings

    August 02, 2011 2:48 PM EDT Two Indian court rulings could kill off authors' performance royalties from radio airplay in the vast country. A High Court in Mumbai (July 25) ruled in favor of broadcaster Music Broadcast Private Limited and the judiciary in New Dehli (July ...

  20. PRS For Music, U.K. Royalty Collection Society, Predicts Difficult 2011

    May 31, 2011 8:23 AM EDT PRS for Music, the U.K.'s royalties-collecting society, can expect a rough ride this year, after an equally difficult one in 2010, declared CEO Robert Ashcroft at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) last Thursday (May 26). Speaking to an audienc ...

  21. U.K. Royalty Collections Down, Falling CD Sales Trump Digital Gains

    March 28, 2011 1:46 PM EDT PRS for Music, the U.K. performing rights collection society says ollections were down 1% in 2010 . The organization collects both mechanical royalties and performance royalties. The slight decrease in collections stemmed from a familiar culprit, ...

  22. simfy, German Music Streaming Service, Signs Licensing Deal For EMI's Music

    January 25, 2011 12:00 AM EST After nine months of negotiations, the Cologne-based online music service simfy has signed a licensing contract with CELAS. The contract allows simfy until the end of 2011 to offer its German, Austrian and Swiss users EMI Music Publishing's A ...

  23. New Models Dominate Popkomm Day 1

    September 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Popkomm has a new venue, a new setting as part of Berlin Music Week, and much of the first day of the 2010 edition was spent discussing new business models. During a low-key first day of panels at the revamped conference, held for the first time s ...

  24. Pure Radio Launches Cloud-Based Music Service

    August 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. radio manufacturer Pure has unveiled a cloud-based music service that will enable users to purchase songs they hear on the set at the touch of a button. The FlowSongs service was unveiled at a London launch today (Aug. 11) and attracted execu ...

  25. PRS Extends Live Tariff Consultation

    July 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT PRS for Music has extended the deadline for its formal customer consultation on its royalty rates for popular music events in the U.K. In response to requests from some organizations, PRS for Music has decided to extend the 12-week consultation pe ...

  26. CELAS Partners With Croatia's IDM Music

    July 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT CELAS, which represents EMI Music Publishing for online/mobile across Europe, has concluded an administration agreement with music publisher Intelligent Digital Media and Music (IDM Music) in Zagreb. IDM Music, located in Croatia, will administer ...

  27. MCPS Outlines Northern European Alliance Strategy

    June 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Consolidation is key to growing rights revenue generated by U.K. collecting societies PRS For Music (PRS) and the Mechanical Copyright Protection Society (MCPS). That was the central message from Robert Ashcroft , PRS CEO and executive director, M ...

  28. PRS Launches Live Rate Consultation

    June 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. collecting society PRS for Music has launched a customer consultation on its royalty rates more music events. The rate, which is currently 3% of ticket receipts, was last reviewed in 1988. PRS for Music points out that this is one of the lowe ...

  29. Analysis: UK Live Market Gains Go To Established Acts

    May 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Live and recorded music segments are faring well in the UK, but dig into the numbers and you’ll see that spending growth was not evenly distributed. As reported on Friday at Billboard , PRS for Music, the UK performing rights collection society, a ...

  30. What You Need To Know About Performance Royalties

    May 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT How important are performance royalties to the industry's overall revenue mix? As sales and mechanical revenues decline, performance royalties take on greater importance. Consider these numbers to get a sense of its recent growth: -- Performa ...

  31. Business Matters: Vevo, YouTube, Jack White and More

    April 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT - According to comScore, Vevo is the No. 8 online video content property in the U.S. The measurement company says Vevo streamed 331.1 million videos and had 37.5 million viewers that month. That was good for a 1.1% share in March (which might seem ...

  32. PRS For Music Sets Out Digital Income Plan

    April 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. collecting society PRS for Music's new CEO is planning to work more closely with and monetize emerging digital music distribution platforms. That was the key message from Robert Ashcroft, at his first annual general meeting (AGM) in Lond ...

  33. Music Reports, Audible Magic Partner On Licensing, Royalty Data

    April 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Music Reports, the music administration and licensing service for music users, and Audible Magic, a provider of electronic media identification, have formed a strategic partnership to expand music publishing licensing and reporting solutions for b ...

  34. PRS For Music Teams With MySpace

    April 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT PRS for Music has made a strategic partnership with MySpace. The partnership aims to promote MySpace as the online destination to share and discover music, and underline the importance of PRS for Music membership for songwriters on MySpace. With m ...

  35. MPs Dismiss Radio Industry's 'Double Taxation' Claim

    April 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee said it is "not convinced" by arguments made by the commercial radio sector about the impact of the music licensing system in the U.K. Andrew Harrison, chief executive of trade body ...

  36. New Structure For PRS For Music

    March 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. collecting society PRS for Music has unveiled a new structure, as part of an operational review led by new chief executive Robert Ashcroft. Two key divisions at the center of the organization will be Licensing (generating revenue) and Operati ...

  37. Download Growth Boosts 2009 U.K. Music Royalties

    March 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT British songwriters, composers and music publishers earned £623 million ($937.5 million) in royalties in 2009, up 2.6% on 2008 and the first time the growth in digital revenues outperformed the drop in CD and DVD earnings. But PRS for Music, the g ...

  38. Canadian Music Week: Ole's McCarty Tackles ISPs On Piracy

    March 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Michael McCarty, president of Canadian music publisher ole, told a crowd at the kickoff of Canadian Music Week that Internet Service providers need to start paying for the content users freely take over their networks. Comparing ISPs to the " ...

  39. Job Losses Expected At PRS for Music

    February 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST Back-office job losses are imminent at U.K. authors' body PRS for Music, which is due to unveil its results for 2009 within the next few days. The cuts emanate from the transfer of the responsibilities of the collecting society's copyrig ...

  40. PRS For Music, iTunes, Strike Pan-European Deal

    January 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. collecting society PRS for Music has signed a pan-European performing rights licensing deal with iTunes. Effective immediately, the deal gives iTunes pan-European access to the repertoire of all PRS members for whom it handles performing righ ...

  41. @MIDEM: Collection Societies Bemoan Contradictory Mandate

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST In a MIDEM panel examining the progress of the multi-territorial licensing initiative that the European Commission mandated by directive and decisions over the last five years, copyright society executives agreed on one thing: confusion still reig ...

  42. @MIDEM: New PRS Euro Licensing Scheme; Kobalt Unveils Portal 3 Digital

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST -- With the major music companies about a year into their respective pan-European licensing initiative, PRS for Music has launched the Independent Music Publishers' European Licensing (IMPEL) initiative. IMPEL will directly license Anglo-Amer ...

  43. @MIDEM: RightsFlow, PRS For Music Sign Deal

    January 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST RightsFlow, which provides mechanical licensing for labels and digital service providers, has signed a deal to identify and license PRS for Music works for mechanical uses in the U.S. Since digital service providers began paying for streaming, sub ...

  44. Euro MROs Sign On With Digital Data Exchange

    January 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Five European music rights organizations have signed on to using the Digital Data Exchange standards for receiving sales information reported by digital service providers. Digital Data Exchange was formed in 2006 by major record labels, online mus ...

  45. Mariah Carey Most Played At Christmas

    December 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" is the most played song at Christmas in the U.K. over the past decade, according to collecting societies PRS for Music and PPL. The single featured on the 1994 Columbia/Sony Music Ent ...

  46. Don Black Honored By PRS For Music

    December 14, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. performing rights society PRS for Music has awarded lyricist Don Black the PRS Award for extraordinary achievement. The award was presented in recognition of Black's exceptional contribution to British music and culture. Black attended a ...

  47. Music Boosts Sales At U.K. Pubs And Bars

    December 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST Music has been credited by U.K. collecting society PRS For Music as a key factor in helping the British pubs and bars stay afloat during the current financial recession. According to research released by PRS For Music in association with pub data ...

  48. U.K. Biz Welcomes MySpace Music Launch

    December 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST The U.K. music industry has largely welcomed the long-awaited launch of MySpace Music, despite it arriving, as one observer notes, a "little late to the party." Commenting on the long-delayed U.K. bow for MySpace music, which took place ...

  49. MySpace Music Launches In The U.K.

    December 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST Over a year after its U.S. rollout, MySpace Music has made its long-awaited bow in the United Kingdom, going live at 00.01 U.K. time today (Dec. 3), following a launch gig by U.K. rock band Kasabian at London's Heaven venue. As with the U.S. ...

  50. U.K. Govt Changes Licensing Rules For Charities

    November 12, 2009 12:00 AM EST Performing rights society PRS for Music and neighboring rights society PPL will develop a pilot joint licensing scheme for charities a not-for-profit organizations in the U.K., after the government announced a shake-up of the music licensing rules ...

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