Ellis Rich remains au fait with the needs of writers and publishers, always seeking improvements in how creators can be rewarded. Solid relevant music industry experience makes Ellis ideally qualified to return to his PRS directorship with his broad history in music publishing, charitable work, media appearances, copyright seminars, and political contacts. Personal interests include music, bridge, politics, travel, table tennis, gastronomy and charitable work.
Awarded an OBE in the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours for Services To Music Publishing and conferred with an Honorary Doctorate Of Music by Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge in 2012.
Past industry positions
- Chairman / Deputy Chairman / Director: Performing Right Society Ltd
- Chairman: MCPS Audit Services Committee
- Director: MPA (Music Publishers Association Limited)
- Director: MCPS
Ellis has also sat on several music industry committees
As PRS Publisher Director: Audit Committee, Licensing Committee, Membership/Copyright Committee, Distribution Committee, International Committee, Broadcasting Committee, MCPS/GEMA CELAS Board.
Current: CEO Supreme Songs Limited (Publishing), Chairman/Trustee Director: Small Green Shoots (Registered Charity), Media appearances: BBC (Breakfast/Parliament/Local Radio/Front Row/Radio 4/News 24/Radio 1 Xtra), Smile Jamaica/Press.
Joined Feldman’s Music (later, EMI Music Publishing) as arranger, transcribing Queen tracks for piano. Appointed International Manager, then formed E&S Music with Simon Cowell in 1981 and Supreme Songs in 1985.
Appointed PRS Publisher Director in 1993 and Deputy Chairman (Publisher) in 1995, serving maximum permitted tenure of six years. Continuing on PRS Board as Publishing Director, Ellis was elected PRS Chairman in 2005, again serving maximum six year tenure. During his Chairmanship, Ellis took proactive efforts to promote diversity among PRS membership and staff, introducing a Corporate Social Responsibility initiative.
Ellis chairs Small Green Shoots; a registered charity receiving Arts Council funding, encouraging young people’s progression in the music industry. He frequently gives seminars to young musicians and songwriters, UK and overseas.
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Proposed for appointment by: Barry Blue, Edward Gregson, Faber Music Ltd, Mitch Murray, Novello & Co Ltd, Molly Nyman, peermusic (UK) Ltd, SATV Publishing Ltd, Sony ATV Music Publishing (UK) Ltd and Westbury Music Ltd.
List of directorships: 78 Rpm Limited, Beat That Music Limited, Circle Music Limited, Creative Translator Limited, Da Vinci Music Limited, Direct Supermarketing Limited, Ellis Rich Music Limited, Experts Music Library Limited, Flat Fee Music Publishing Limited, Free World Music Limited, Gigging For It Limited, Immortal Music Limited, Independent Music Group Limited, Jacquinabox Music Limited, Jse Music Publishing Limited, Kooledge Limited, Music 1 Limited, Office Girls Partnership Limited, One Step Music Limited, Page Zero Limited, Perfect Pitch Productions Limited, Performing Right Society Limited, Pert Music Limited, R&E Music Limited, Small Green Shoots Limited, Songs Supreme Limited, Superb Songs Limited, Supreme Songs Limited, Talent Call Limited, Work Of Art Productions Limited.