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PRS for Music Licenses Amazon Cloud Player


Monday, 1st October


PRS for Music announces a licensing agreement for Amazon’s innovative music service: Cloud Player.  The Amazon Cloud Player lets users 'scan and match' their music collection and access it anywhere simultaneously on any device they own including Kindle Fire, Android phones and tablets, iPhones, iPod Touches, Macs and PCs.
In addition to the paid for service, Amazon users are being offered an introductory tier allowing up to 250 songs to be stored free of charge.


Cloud services are fast becoming the future platform for music consumption due to the simplicity of access to music libraries. PRS for Music's Pan-European Licence with Amazon will enable music users to access PRS for Music's growing range of independent repertoire from IMPEL, Peer and IMAGEM including songwriters such as Ray Davies, David Bowie, Nick Cave and Scott McMahon who writes for Beyonce.


Robert Ashcroft, Chief Executive of PRS for Music, said:
“We issued our first licence for a cloud music service in 2010 and have been licensing digital services for over a decade. Technology is allowing consumers in the UK and across Europe to discover music in new ways, while also providing new income sources for the creators we represent.  Amazon’s fourteen year success story in the UK demonstrates that it is in this country where technology and content combine so successfully for the benefit of users and creators alike.”


PRS for Music has supported the launch of over 70 fully-licensed online music services and has now licensed a range of cloud services from providers including iTunes and 7 Digital, with more set to follow in the next few months.



Notes to editors

Contact Olivia Chapmam

Media Relations Manager

Email: olivia.chapman@prsformusic.com

Phone: 020 7306 4229 / 07939 449 333

PRS for Music represents the rights of 90,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK.  As a not-for-profit organisation it ensures creators are paid whenever their music is played, performed or reproduced; championing the importance of copyright to protect and support the UK music industry.  The UK has a proud tradition of creating wonderful music that is enjoyed the world over and PRS for Music has been supporting the creators of that music since 1914.
PRS for Music provides business and community groups with easy access to over 10m songs through its music licences.  In an industry worth £3.8bn PRS for Music is uniquely placed to be a voice for music and music creators.   Collecting £630.8m in 2011 PRS for Music is one of the world’s most efficient combined rights organisations.   With 150 representation agreements in place globally, PRS for Music's network represents over 2 million music creators. 


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