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The Beachfest Crown Song Competition has announced the semi-finalists for the next round of the contest in Bermuda .
First component to launch will be high-profile consumer awareness and engagement campaign with Government support.
New mobile app makes searching for music works and royalty statements on-the-go, efficient and easy
PRS for Music provides comment on the Global Repertoire Database.
PPL and PRS for Music today launched a new video to help businesses understand the benefits of music and how to obtain a licence.
Music Makeover winner, The Railway Inn in Leicestershire, unveils new live space for local music industry.
PRS for Music today welcomes the publication of the Independent Code Review by Walter Merricks, CBE.
ITV, PRS for Music and Soundmouse are delighted to announce a significant advancement in the automation and streamlining of the music reporting workflow process for broadcasters.
BASCA, in association with PRS for Music announce the winners of the 59th Ivor Novello Awards.
CueSongs is delighted to announce it has been appointed by MCPS to carry out all individual sync licensing activity.
UK Music launches IMAGINE, a report which looks at the unrealised potential of music heritage tourism in the UK.
The Alliance for Intellectual Property (the Alliance) has today called on all of the UK’s main political parties to ensure that, by 2020, the UK is the best place to start, locate and grow intellectu
PRS for Music today announced the winner of their Music Makeover 2013 competition; Shaun Jackson of The Railway Inn, Leicestershire takes top prize of £10k.
PRS for Music, the organisation which represents over 100,000 music creators in the UK and two million worldwide, today published its financial results for 2013, achieving income of £665.7m, a 3.7% i
Having successfully received copyright services from ICE since 2010, the Swedish music copyright collection society STIM has extended their business relationship with the Swedish based company ICE an
To celebrate the impact songwriting has made around the world, PRS for Music is unveiling a series of centenary-themed events across the UK.
Peter Callander, multi-award winning songwriter, publisher and record label owner, passed away on February 25th.
Take part in the European Commission consultation on Copyright. Sign the petition today.
Visit with Bermuda businesses identifies wide appreciation for music
Representatives from labels, digital platforms and rights organisations to offer insights at half-day session supported by PPL and PRS for Music
9 new winners revealed at the British Composer Awards 2013.
At an Extraordinary General Meeting among ICE’s shareholders this week, Kjell-Åke-Hamrén was appointed new Chair of the company’s Board of Directors.
Iconic group unveil music plaque at site of first live gig in North London
UK pubs encouraged to show off their potential and enter ‘Music Makeover 2013’
PRS for Music supports new IP Crime Unit (PIPCU) to ensure that member’s rights are protected.
The Court of Appeal has rejected an appeal by the broadcaster B4U against the summary judgment awarded to PRS in October 2012.
The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) is delighted to announce the 39 works shortlisted for the 2013 British Composer Awards.
New report by UK Music identifies 6.5 million music loving tourists generated £2.2 billion while attending UK festivals and concerts in 2012.
A deal has been agreed that will see PRS for Music taking 52,000 sq ft of commercial office space at King’s Cross.
PRS for Music applauds live music act – one year on.
International and local songwriters perform at special tribute to Bob Marley and The Beatles.
PRS for Music launches Apprenticeship scheme, improving access to jobs in the music industry. With a total contribution of £2,000 towards each apprenticeship.
PRS for Music, the organisation that represents songwriters, composers and music publishers world-wide and administers the music licensing system in Bahamas is working with organisations in the count
PRS for Music returns to Bermuda this August to speak to businesses about using music.
Find out about our new licensing deal with YouTube.
PRS for Music announced that its membership has reached 100,000.
Walter Merricks CBE, former Chief Financial Ombudsman, is appointed to represent the interests of rights holders and copyright users
Buma/Stemra has signed a 5 year service contract with ICE Services AB for the delivery of music copyright services
New research among businesses in the West Midlands reveals the benefits of music in the workplace to owners, employees and customers alike
Music and branding research published by FRUKT and PRS for Music reveals record spend
PRS for Music today confirmed the appointment of John Hywel Morris to the position of Senior Membership Development Manager, Wales
Licensing and processing hub to provide services across Europe
PRS for Music presents Women in Music Bringing together key women from across the music business to debate the role of gender within the industry
Terri Anderson worked at PRS for Music from 1990 to 2002 as Communications Director. Sadly Terri passed away on May 24th.
The GRD has announced that it will set up its global headquarters in London and will base its operations centre in Berlin.
PRS for Music confirms YouTube, Spotify, Deezer and Rdio for The Great Escape Festival 2013
The organisation that represents some 95,000 songwriters, composers and publishers has confirmed the appointment of its new Public Affairs Manager, John Mottram
PRS for Music today revealed the most played music in advertising across television and radio for 2012.
London School of Economics and Political Science hosted a dynamic music industry debate
PRS and MCPS boards plan improved business structure, new service level agreement, and commitment to mechanical royalty processing
Commercial radio companies have agreed a new licensing deal with PRS for Music, the body that represents songwriters, composers and music publishers
PRS for Music today reported a record £641.8m collected in royalties for songwriters, composers and music publishers in the 2012 fiscal year, a 1.7% increase on 2011.
The Burnaby Arms in Bedfordshire today unveiled the brand new sound equipment they acquired with their Music Makeover winnings earlier this year
“PRS for Music welcomes the judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union in relation to ITV Broadcasting Ltd vs. TVCatchup Ltd."
Queen received a Heritage Award plaque at Imperial College, recognising their contribution to music history
Amplify, a new initiative for electronic music writers is launched
PRS for Music today confirmed the appointment of its new Chief Economist, Maurice Samuel.
Scandinavian/UK joint venture for recorded media processing completes first full year.
Progress on the creation of a Global Repertoire Database (GRD) has moved ahead strongly over the past 12 months.
A lot of people have asked us how we distribute royalties from the deal PRS for Music has with the BBC. Here's an explanation.
As negotiations continue between the BBC and Eos in Wales, PRS for Music would like to clarify certain points.
JLS have been re-crowned the most performed artists to headline at MAJOR VENUES for 2012 by PRS for Music.
The organisation which represents 95,000 UK songwriters and composers today published the top 50 most played Christmas songs in the past year
PRS for Music today announced the runner-up of their Music Makeover 2012 competition. Initially there was only one prize fund of £5,000 but the entries were of such a high standard the organisation h
PRS for Music today announced the winner of their Music Makeover 2012 competition. The Burnaby Arms in Bedfordshire takes top prize of £5k, recognising their aspiration to provide a hub where live mu
The Government is today being urged to reconsider impending changes to copyright law which would seriously restrict the ability of British creators and copyright holders to license and earn revenue f
PRS for Music has launched a revised Code of Conduct for its 95,000 music creator members and over 350,000 existing customers. The code follows the British Copyright Council Principles of Good G
PRS for Music today announced the five finalists of their competition to put music back at the heart of pubs. Launched earlier this year, Music Makeover will award a pub £5,000 to improve their venue
Creative industries drive momentum to streamline copyright licensing in the digital age
PRS for Music licenses the latest cloud based music service, Google Play™ launching in Europe this week.
PRS for Music announced today that British music abroad is so popular; revenue earned from its use has doubled since 2002.
PRS for Music announces a licensing agreement for Amazon’s innovative music service: Cloud Player
Copyright database owned by PRS for Music and STIM looks to expand
Supergrass reunited to receive music heritage award at the Jericho Tavern Oxford on the 3rd October.
Read about our partnership with The John Lennon Tribute Concert to help put live music in Bermuda on the map.
PRS for Music and the WMPCA met on 15th August as part of ongoing discussions concerning the possible withdrawal by some Welsh-language songwriters and publishers from PRS for Music.
Faithless, one of the UK’s most successful dance acts is to be reunited and honoured by a PRS for Music Heritage Award.
We spoke to Ciaran Gribbin, singer and songwriter with world-famous INXS about his experiences of playing the pub circuit and how important live music is
‘Copyright Works’ by Richard Hooper CBE and Dr Ros Lynch recommends measures aimed at streamlining copyright licensing in the digital age.
The countdown is on. In just under 24 hours, 60,000 spectators will be enjoying Danny Boyle’s opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium.
PRS for Music today launches Music Makeover 2012 ahead of the important Live Music Act 2012 which comes into affect this October.
A data driven study jointly commissioned by Google and PRS for Music which was undertaken by BAE Systems Detica has identified six distinct business models behind online copyright infringement, wit
Read our official statement in relation to Bobby Valentino “Young at Heart” allegations
PRS for Music has announced that Westbury Music and Mute Song are the latest publishers to sign up to its Independent Music Publishers’ European Licensing (IMPEL) initiative.
PRS for Music and BIMM Brighton, the UK’s leading contemporary music college, are to launch a new scholarship scheme to develop songwriters and budding music business entrepreneurs.
Marc Almond will join a stellar line-up of artists for a special concert to mark the 35th anniversary of Marc Bolan’s death, it was announced today.
CueSongs and PRS for Music working together to offer a ‘one-stop shop’ for its clients.
Soul II Soul, one of the UK’s most successful and iconic R’n’B groups was today honoured by a PRS for Music with a Heritage Award.
Soul II Soul, one of the UK’s most successful and iconic R’n’B groups is to be honoured by a PRS for Music Heritage Award.
The Annual General Meeting of the Performing Right Society took place on Thursday 31st May 2012.
PRS for Music has announced it will make no charge for music licences for certain small non-profit-making community events to encourage celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this June.
PRS for Music analysis highlights healthy growth in live shows
Following Adele’s double win at the Ivors for the PRS for Music Most Performed Work and Songwriter of the Year, the collecting society which represents 90,000 songwriters, composers and music publish
Guy Fletcher CBE Chairman of the Performing Right Society, part of PRS for Music commented on behalf of the 90,000 songwriters, composers and music publisher members.
On Thursday, 10th May 2012 for a third year running, PRS for Music presents a entire day of panels with key industry voices at Brighton based convention and music showcase, The Great Escape.
On Thursday, 10th May 2012 for a third year running, PRS for Music presents a entire day of panels with key industry voices at Brighton based convention and music showcase, The Great Escape.
PRS for Music the organisation that represents 85,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK, today reported a 3.2% rise in the collection of royalties for 2011 to £630.8m (2010 = £611
Clarification on the requirement for a PRS for Music licence when playing music in a dental surgery following the decision of European Court of Justice on 15 March 2012.
PRS for Music, the organisation that represents the rights of 85,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK, has announced a licensing agreement with Rdio, the digital music service fr
Floodliners, from South East London, have now been announced as the overall winner of the Next Brit Thing songwriting award, sponsored by PRS for Music, from over 1,000 entries.
Paul Shevlin, Sarah Gardner and Floodliners win Next BRIT Thing 2012 after performing at final held at IndigO2
PRS for Music has announced its shortlist of nominees for the Next Brit Thing songwriting award. The competition was open to young people aged 11-19 and was supported by the UK music industry, The
PRS for Music has been alerted to the fact that some internet users have had their computers blocked after watching videos online with a message from ourselves
Judgment of the Deputy High Court Judge, Kevin Prosser QC, in the case against Remix Bar in Woking, and the Judge’s positive comments about PRS and the damages awarded
PRS for Music has compiled the ultimate playlist of sexy songs to 'close the deal' on Valentine’s Day.
PRS for Music chart sees Scottish City named in more song titles than any other
PRS for Music, the organisation that represents the rights of 85,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK, has announced a licensing agreement with rara.com, the new digital streamin
The Market Inn in Kent today officially opened its newly refurbished live music facilities thanks to winning a nationwide competition organised by PRS for Music.
PRS for Music has announced that royalties exceeding £1m have been processed through its Independent Music Publishers’ European Licensing (IMPEL) initiative, set up in 2010.
PRS for Music has announced the start of a formal customer consultation on a tariff for the public performance of its repertoire at not-for-profit amateur sports clubs.
Kylie Minogue has come out on top with her award-winning song ‘Can’t Get You Out of My Head’ as the most popular song of the decade receiving the most number of plays.
High Court Dismisses Application for Permission to Appeal
The Government has published its consultation on proposals to change the UK’s copyright system
PRS for Music is backing Next BRIT Thing - a major music competition for young people aged 11-19 supported by the UK music industry, The BRIT Awards and the Government.
PRS for Music, the organisation that represents the rights of 85,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers, is to host two dedicated events to support the British Copyright Council (BCC) and Wo
Iconic Manchester indie band James, is to be honoured by a PRS for Music Heritage Award on Tuesday 1st November in their home city. A special black plaque is to be erected in Manchester where the or
PRS for Music is joining forces with SACEM to participate in seminars to discuss, evaluate and share new insights on the comparisons and similarities between the UK and French markets.
The world’s most successful reggae band - UB40 - is to be honoured by a PRS for Music Heritage Award.
London (27th September 2011) – The Global Repertoire Database Working Group, has now launched its Stakeholder Engagement and Scoping Study. The Study will involve a 20-week industry-wide consultati
PRS for Music the organisation that represents the rights of 80,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers has announced a collaboration with TIGA, the trade association representing the UK game
PRS for Music assembled a group of its youngest earning members for its annual Class of 2011 event, celebrating the best in young songwriting and composing talent.
As with our partners across the music industry, and especially in the independent record label sector, PRS for Music is dismayed to hear of the loss of huge amounts of music stock at the recent fire
IMAGEM has appointed Dutch collecting society Buma/Stemra and the UK’s PRS for Music to license and administer its online rights on a pan-European basis.
PRS for Music and SACEM have announced an agreement with Emaar to license the public performance of music that accompanies ‘The Dubai Fountain’
PRS for Music’s annual ‘Adding up the UK music industry’ report has revealed that UK music industry revenues totalled £3.8bn in 2010.
Traffic Lights: Creating a distinction between legal and illegal content online
PRS for Music stands by its statement of 1st July 2011 regarding the outcome of High Court proceedings against NSM Music Ltd.
With the Met Office’s announcement that rain will lash Britain until the end of August, PRS for Music has today revealed the top ten most played rain-themed songs.
The European collecting societies have developed a new format to standardise files accompanying invoices.
Latest research from PRS for Music has today revealed that Taio Cruz’s ‘Break Your Heart’, is the most played British-written song on international radio stations.
The High Court has ruled in favour of PRS for Music in a claim for over £85,000 against digital jukebox supplier, NSM Music Limited, who was refusing to pay music licence fees.
PRS for Music has announced a deal with Soundmouse, the UK’s leading broadcast reporting provider.
PRS for Music is launching ‘Spotlight On’ a series of free live music showcases for emerging and breakthrough acts in Northern Ireland.
Chairman Guy Fletcher OBE, Chief Executive Robert Ashcroft and John Whittingdale MP OBE Address PRS AGM
Speech of Robert Ashcroft, Chief Executive PRS for Music 2011 PRS AGM, Millbank Media Centre, London.
BASCA in association with PRS for Music are today delighted to announce the winners of the 56th Ivor Novello Awards.
PRS for Music Pays Record £127m to Songwriter, Composer and Music Publisher Members.
The Golden Fleece in Chelmsford voted best UK pub for music.
A new survey conducted by PRS for Music, the not-for-profit organisation which represents 75,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers, gigs.
PRS for Music and British Gymnastics are working together to understand how gymnastics clubs use music and to improve awareness of PRS for Music licensing.
PRS for Music, the organisation that represents 75,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK, today reported a 1% fall in the collection of royalties for 2010 to £611.2m.
‘Dancing in the Street’ and ‘Candle in the Wind’ make it into top 5.
Read PRS for Music’s submission to the Hargreaves review of Intellectual Property and Growth.
PRS for Music has announced that Craig Nunn has been appointed Executive Director, Finance and Facilities, taking up the position from March 1st 2011.
Held in association with the Community Media Association, the educational session welcomes all individuals, groups and communities along to discuss their music use.
PRS for Music, the organisation which licences the public use of music, has announced it will make no charge for music licences for certain small community events
PRS for Music has compiled the Top 10 Most Performed Love Songs
Almost Famous, the free PRS for Music live music showcase for emerging and breakthrough acts, is coming to the Bull & Gate, Kentish Town, London on March 3rd
The Royal Oak opens new music facility after support from PRS for Music
Beginning February 2011, BMAT will supply technology to track the 11 major radio and television stations in the country providing accurate logs of music usage.
PRS for Music has announced a deal with BMAT Music Innovation for music tracking services in Malta.
Peter Andre has been crowned the most performed artist to headline at MAJOR VENUES for 2010 by PRS for Music.
PRS for Music has announced the end of its formal customer consultation on royalty rates for popular music events in the UK.
PRS for Music chairman, Ellis Rich has been appointed OBE for services to the music industry.
The board of the Performing Right Society has announced that Guy Fletcher OBE has been appointed as Chairman of PRS and will take up the post from 1st January 2011.
With Christmas just over a week away, PRS for Music today reveals the top ten most memorable and played Christmas songs amongst the UK Public for 2010.
The Council for Dance Education and Training (CDET) and PRS for Music have convened a joint working group
The Global Repertoire Database Working Group, formed as a result of an initiative by EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes, has published its recommendations.
PRS for Music releases most performed John Lennon tracks.
Following the announcement by Google that they would be taking action against online copyright infringement, Robert Ashcroft Chief Executive of PRS for Music commented.
From 1st January 2011 not-for-profit organisations using recorded music will need a PPL licence.
B&Bs with three bedrooms or fewer will no longer be asked to pay for a PRS for Music licence.
Topping the chart is Prodigy’s Smack my B*tch Up. Released in 1997, the un-censored version attracted a ban from the BBC and attracted criticism from feminist groups.
Contributions from over 20 leading songwriters including Sir Paul McCartney, Sting, Gary Barlow and Simon Le Bon
PRS for Music, the organisation that collects and pays royalties to its 70,000 song-writing and composing members, today reveals that REM’s Everybody Hurts tops the list of songs that make men cry.
PRS for Music and NCB (Nordic Copyright Bureau) have announced a new partnership to co-operate on recorded media royalty processing.
MCPS (part of the PRS for Music group) and PPL have joined forces to re-launch the ‘Limited Manufacture Licence (LM)’ as a multi-rights licensing scheme, making it even easier and more convenient for
With effect from 1st September Jeremy Fabinyi has stepped down from his role as Executive Director Licensing at PRS for Music.
28% of females and 23% of males listen to music to feel younger
PRS for Music’s annual ‘Adding Up The UK Music Industry’ report has revealed that UK music industry revenues totalled £3.9bn in 2009.
PRS for Music announced the start of a formal customer consultation on its royalty rates for popular music events in the UK.
Question and answer sheet on Moving Digital Britain Forward.
Introducing incentives through compensation could provide a framework for a solution to the piracy problem. This press release also includes a Question and Answer section.
PRS for Music today announces the two winners of its Music Makeover competition.
PRS for Music reports international income has more than doubled in the last decade
PRS for Music’s nationwide World Cup competition
A commitment to reduce rates for small venues and mixed arts festivals
The Duke of York pub is the site of the band's debut
One of the nation’s most-loved musicians and successful artists of all time - Sir Elton John – has been honoured by a PRS for Music Heritage Award
Showcasing Jason Clarke, Gascan Ruskus and Katie and the Carnival
Music is an incredibly emotive tool so it’s no surprise that it takes centre stage in advertisements on TV & Radio where brands are looking to influence behaviour.
Live survives the credit crunch, revenues up 4 percent in 2009.
Hosted by PRS Chair Ellis Rich in his final year as Chairman, the AGM saw a range of writers and publishers gather to elect board members and approve the 2009 accounts.
PRS for Music has announced today the introduction of three new initiatives for 2010.
PRS for Music today published details of its first distribution of 2010 to members.
PRS for Music Foundation & Birds Eye View ask the experts: Why is there such a gender gap?
PRS for Music has put together 10 iconic pieces of music to celebrate everything that is English.
BASCA in association with PRS for Music presents The Ivors.
Robbie Voted Nation’s Favourite to Release Unofficial World Cup Song.
The deal is the first of its kind in the industry.
As part of an operational review led by new Chief Executive Robert Ashcroft, PRS for Music has announced a new structure for the collecting society.
Legendary pop group Squeeze are to be honoured by the PRS for Music Heritage Award.
PRS for Music Financial Results 2009. Tougher trading conditions in the UK music market were offset by strong growth internationally and by the licensing of new online services.
Legendary British Rock group Jethro Tull are to be honoured by the new PRS for Music Heritage Award.
To celebrate 25 years of EastEnders, PRS for Music has top musical facts about one of our favourite soaps of all time
Coming in first place for “love songs” is Leona Lewis and her track “Bleeding Love” which was a world-wide hit when it was released in 2007.
Eight publishers sign up to pan-European licensing initiative. First society in the world to offer a multi-territory solution for independent publishers.
2009 witnesses 12 key deals for UK collection society.
Five major European Music Rights Organisations (MROs) have announced their commitment to adopt the DDEX messaging standard for the receipt of sales information reported by licensed online distributor
Beatles are number 1 band, Michael Jackson is number 1 solo artist.
PRS for Music has announced that Robert Ashcroft has been appointed Chief Executive.
PRS for Music announces the flab fighting tunes used by fitness instructors.
PRS for Music has announced the end of its customer consultation on royalty rates for popular music events in the UK.
PRS for Music Statement on Spotify from William Booth Director of Media Licensing.
A data driven study has identified six distinct business models behind online copyright infringement, with each one having clear commercial purposes.
Jackie Alway, William Booth and Edwin Cox were officially elected to the PRS board on Thursday 13 June.
One-stop shop for digital music services bolsters its world class indie publisher collective to a total of 25 and confirms distributions of over £10m.
Iconic group to unveil music heritage plaque at site of first live gig in North London.
We're working with other UK copyright collection societies to commission the first independent review of their voluntary Codes of Conduct.
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