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Indy publishers and PRS for Music launch IMPEL 

Monday 25th January 2010

8 publishers sign up to pan-European licensing initiative

First society in the world to offer a multi-territory solution for independent publishers


FROM LEFT Marla Shapiro (PRS for Music), Mike Box (Reverb Music Ltd), Stuart Hornall (Hornall Brothers Music Ltd), Chris Butler (Music Sales Limited), Justin Perry (Proof Songs Ltd), Andrew Shaw (PRS for Music)

Following a memorandum of understanding signed at MIDEM 2009, PRS for Music has announced that the Independent Music Publishers’ European Licensing (IMPEL) initiative has launched as of 1st January 2010.

To date Conexion Music, Fairwood Music (UK), Hornall Brothers Music, Kassner Associate Publishers, Music Sales, Proof Songs, Red Ink Music and Reverb Music have signed up, with a number of others set to join the collective shortly.  IMPEL will directly license the Anglo-American online and mobile mechanical rights for the publishers along with the associated performing rights already represented by PRS for Music to a range of new and existing digital services.   

IMPEL is the first vehicle which allows a number of independent publishers to work together to take advantage of the EC cross border recommendation on collective licensing and it provides a convenient one-stop shop for licensees of this repertoire.

Andrew Shaw MD Broadcast, Online & Recorded Media, PRS for Music said “IMPEL offers a valuable and practical solution to independent publishers looking to exploit their rights across Europe.  PRS for Music has a proven track record in securing new licensing deals and I’m delighted we can deliver more music to European consumers through the IMPEL initiative.” 

Stuart Hornall of Hornall Brothers Music said “Pan-European online licensing can be complex and a potentially time-consuming issue for independent publishers. By acting collectively through IMPEL we can reduce the administrative burden on music users and licensees and ensure we get paid more accurately and sooner than if we’d gone through the sub-publisher network. IMPEL also ensures independent publishers comply with the EU directive to make pan-European online licensing easier.” 

IMPEL which follows the EU cross border licensing recommendation of 2005, cements PRS for Music’s position as the destination of choice for an online licence of independent music rights.

IMPEL is supported by the Music Publishers Association. 

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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