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John Mottram appointed PRS for Music Public Affairs Manager 

The organisation that represents some 95,000 songwriters, composers and publishers has confirmed the appointment of its new Public Affairs Manager, John Mottram.

John Mottram was previously Head of International Broadcasting and Radio at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) leading the Government’s media objectives and closely working with senior officials across Whitehall and in Europe on policy for media industries.

Mottram played a fundamental role in the development and implementation of economic policies, through the Digital Britain Review and Digital Economy Act 2010, to support the UK communications and content industries.

Robert Ashcroft, PRS for Music Chief Executive said: “John has long experience and expertise in government and policymaking and will be bringing to the role valuable insight and lobbying capability which is crucial right now. His understanding of the regulatory environment and the businesses that PRS for Music license is an immense asset. We are delighted to welcome John to the PRS for Music team.”

John Mottram responded:PRS for Music is a leading and influential voice for the creative industries both in the UK and around the world. I look forward to using my experience of political and regulatory environments in the communications markets to secure a strong and sustainable copyright framework which supports growth and innovation for our members.”

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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