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Carlin, Wixen UK and Ole UK join independent music publishers’ group, IMPEL 

23 September 2013

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

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PRS for Music today announced that from 1 October 2013 Carlin Music Corporation, Wixen Music UK Limited and Ole (UK) will all be joining the Independent Music Publishers’ European Licensing collective, more widely known as IMPEL, managed by PRS for Music. This will increase the total IMPEL membership, comprising some of the world’s most respected and successful independent publishers, to 25.

IMPEL was set up in 2010 to allow independent publishers to take advantage of the European Commission Recommendation on the collective management of online music rights and provides a one-stop shop for digital music services such as YouTube and Deezer, with whom PRS for Music have just agreed new multi-territory licences. PRS for Music administers the rights on behalf of IMPEL and has now distributed over £10million to members of the group from Pan-European Licensing deals.

Peter Thomas, General Manager, Carlin Music Corporation said: "We are excited to sign with IMPEL. It is vital that the independent publishing community stand together with an agreed agenda and one voice with regard to online licensing. The combined experience, knowledge and expertise of the individuals comprising the collective membership of IMPEL, together with the excellent management and team at PRS for Music, provides a first class platform for us to move forward in the key digital marketplace, confident that we will be able to secure the very best rates, service levels and opportunities for our songwriters and clients"

Robert Ashcroft, Chief Executive, PRS for Music added: We are delighted to welcome Carlin, Wixen and Ole on board and are privileged to be working with an ever increasing number of such high profile independent publishers. To have already distributed in excess of £10m to our members in such an emerging and complex area is an achievement we are immensely proud of and we look forward to further success over the coming months and years.

Carlin, Wixen UK and Ole UK will join in IMPEL; Bucks Music Group, Conexion Music, Eagle-i Music, Fairwood Music (UK), Fintage Publishing BV, Hornall Brothers Music, Kassner Associated Publishers, Minds on Fire (formerly Club Row Music), Moncur Street Music, Mute Song, Nettwerk One Music, Proof Songs, Red Ink Music, Reverb Music, RZO Music, Spirit Music Group, The Music Sales Group, Truelove Music, Warp Music and Westbury Music.

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About PRS for Music

PRS for Music represents the rights of over 125,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK. As a membership 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 over £4.1bn PRS for Music is uniquely placed to be a voice for music and music creators. Collecting £537.4m in 2015, PRS for Music is one of the world’s most efficient combined rights organisations. With over 100 representation agreements in place globally, PRS for Music's network represents over two million music creators.

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