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Commercial radio and PRS for Music agree new licensing deal 

15 April 2010

Commercial radio companies have agreed a new licensing deal with PRS for Music, the body that represents songwriters, composers and music publishers.

The deal was agreed with RadioCentre, the industry body for commercial radio, and will apply to more than 300 licensed commercial radio stations in the UK.  It will run for a minimum of 5 years and replaces the previous agreement, which has been in place since 1993. 

In summary, under the new licence:

  • Stations will continue to pay a percentage of net revenue  and an annual lump sum payment
  • Rights will be granted for radio broadcast; simulcast and  catch-up listening

RadioCentre Chief Executive, Andrew Harrison, said: “I am delighted that we have reached this new agreement together.  This deal provides freedom for radio stations to use and promote music, while making sure artists and rights holders are rewarded appropriately.  We look forward to continuing our mutually beneficial partnership with artists and songwriters  for many years to come.” 

PRS for Music, Chief Executive, Robert Ashcroft, said: “Radio is a core part of our licensing operation. The changing listener environment, digital music delivery and the growth of radio’s music services mean it’s very important that we continue to have appropriate licensing arrangements for our  radio partners .  Therefore we are very pleased to have concluded a modernised contract with commercial radio, on behalf of all our members.”


About PRS for Music

PRS for Music represents the rights of over 118,000 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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