Prior to PRS
In 1910 the Mechanical Copyright Licences Company (Mecolico) forms in anticipation of the 1911 Copyright Act. Mecolico plans to license the mechanical rights within musicial works. On 1 July 1912 the Copyright Act passes, bringing provisions to protect musical works for the first time.
1914 - 1923
1914 - The Performing Right Society (PRS) forms to administer the non-dramatic performing and broadcasting rights of musical works across the UK, Eire and British Empire. Operatic composer and soprana Liza Lehman becomes the first official member of PRS.
1923 - PRS issues its first licence to the BBC.
1924 - 1933
1924 - Mecolico and the Copyright Protection Society (CPS) merge to form the Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society (MCPS).
1925 - PRS establishes its first agency in South Africa.
1934 - 1943
1934 - PRS establishes the Members Benevolent Fund.
1937 - The BBC's licence from PRS includes television for the first time.
1939 - PRS opens a wartime emergency office in Church Hill House near Woking.
1944 - 1953
1944 - The Composers Guild forms to represent the interests of classical and filmscore composers.
1947 - PRS receives its Coat of Arms.
1954 - 1963
1956 - The Copyright Act is adopted by parliament.
1960 - PRS moves to its new headquarters at Berners Street, London, W1.
1964 - 1973
1964 - Ray Davies, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards join PRS.
1966 - PRS installs its first computer.
1967 - David Bowie and Barry, Maurice and Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees join PRS.
1968 - Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber join PRS.
1969 - Eric Clapton joins PRS.
1970 - Elton John, Phil Collins and Yoko Ono join PRS.
1971 - PRS receives The Queen's Award for Industry for 'outstanding achievement in exporting goods or services'.
1973 - The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) forms to represent the interests of UK record companies.
1974 - 1983
1974 - PRS sponsors The Ivors for the first time.
1984 - 1993
1984 - PRS establishes its first regional office in Edinburgh.
1989 - The Irish Musical Rights Organisation (IMRO) forms as a subsidiary of PRS.
1992 - Margaret Thatcher visits MCPS offices.
1994 - 2003
1995 - IMRO becomes an independent collecting society.
1996 - PRS and MCPS begin discussing the possibility of a joint alliance.
1998 - MCPS and PRS complete their operational alliance agreement under one management team - The MCPS-PRS Alliance.
2000 - PRS launches The Performing Right Society Foundation for New Music, a charity to help emerging talent enter the music industry.
2002 - The MCPS-PRS Alliance develops the joint online licence - the first dual licensing system for mechanical and performing rights aimed at encouraging the growth of legitimate online music services.
2002 - The MCPS-PRS Alliance hosts the 43rd CISAC World Congress in London.
2004 - 2013
2004 - MCPS and PRS become the first collecting societies to distribute iTunes royalties to their members.
2007 - The MCPS-PRS Alliance becomes one of the first collecting societies outside the US to license YouTube.
2009 - The MCPS-PRS Alliance adopts the PRS for Music brand.
2009 - PRS for Music signs 12 pan-European licensing deals with some of the largest online and mobile providers including Amazon, Apple iTunes, Napster, Nokia and Spotify.
2010 - Robert Ashcroft becomes chief executive of PRS for Music.
2010 - PRS for Music issues its first licence to a cloud music service.
2011 - PRS for Music provides input into the Hargreaves review of Intellectual Property and Growth.
2013 - PRS for Music reaches a landmark when Nicholas Noble from band The Gentlemen becomes the society's 100,000th member.
2013 - PRS for Music launches electronic music initiative Amplify to help ensure dance music creators receive royalties when their work is played.
2013 - PRS for Music announces plans to move from Berners Street offices to Kings Cross and Streatham.
2014 - PRS for Music celebrates its 100th birthday.