In 2010, the last time I stood for re-election to the Board, I posed this question; ‘So where’s the money?’.
As your longest-serving PRS director, I was a worried man. Online earnings were, for most of us, a pittance. I felt that if our future depended upon streaming, we could be in big trouble.
Your vote allowed me to play my part in ensuring this problem was recognised as a priority. Now, thanks to excellent management and our active Board, these earnings are finally becoming significant. The growth is dramatic and getting directly to you. Thank you for your confidence.
Mitch Murray’s experience on the PRS Board began in 1968, at which time he was the Society’s youngest-ever director. A recipient of two Ivor Novello Awards, including the coveted Jimmy Kennedy Award, Mitch’s many hits as a songwriter include five No 1’s in the UK and three No 1’s in the USA. His pop classics include famous standards of the Sixties; Gerry and the Pacemakers’ I Like It and How Do You Do It? - the latter also recorded by The Beatles – and I’m Telling You Now and You Were Made For Me by Freddie and the Dreamers.
A period of collaboration with Peter Callander produced Georgie Fame’s Ballad Of Bonnie And Clyde, Tony Christie’s Avenues And Alleyways, Las Vegas and I Did What I Did For Maria, and Paper Lace’s Billy, Don’t Be A Hero. He also co-produced Tony Christie’s legendary Amarillo. In 1971, he founded that great institution, SODS – the Society Of Distinguished Songwriters.
Since his outrageous rendition of Down Came The Rain, Mitch has built up a reputation for comedy in many areas, including broadcasting and after-dinner speaking. He is now regarded as Britain’s leading professional humorous speechwriter and has written several best-selling books on the subject.
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Proposed for appointment by: Mike Batt, Simon Darlow, Tony Hatch, Justin Hayward, Crispin Hunt, Bill Martin, Gary Osborne, Tim Rice, Universal Music Publishing Ltd and Westbury Music Ltd.
List of directorships: Performing Right Society Limited.