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PPL and PRS for Music announce pilot joint licensing scheme 

12 November 2009

In a joint statement issued today, PPL and PRS for Music announced their intention to develop a pilot joint licensing scheme in the Third Sector, in response to the Government’s announcement of changes to the legislation for music licensing.  The two music licensing bodies will develop a scheme working with charity and community groups, building on PRS for Music’s long experience of enabling music use in Third Sector organisations.

PPL’s Chairman and CEO, Fran Nevrkla, said “PPL welcomes the Government’s response to the consultation on music licensing and the decision to adopt the simplest solution for right-holders and users in the Third Sector. This is a welcome move by the Government which gives our performers and record companies equivalent rights to those enjoyed throughout the rest of Europe. We have already started the dialogue with the charity umbrella organisations and we are determined to reach an agreement with them which is both easy to administer and fair to the charities and to the musicians and labels who produce the music they wish to use.”

PRS for Music’s Acting CEO, Jeremy Fabinyi, commented “We have been licensing music use in premises all across the UK since 1914 and, working with our customers, we have developed a fair and balanced licensing approach, ensuring community groups can enjoy the benefits of using music.  We are committed to working closely with PPL to develop a pilot joint licensing scheme ensuring easy access to music for all that wish to use it.”

Notes to the editor

  1. Following a consultation, the Government has announced the removal of the music licensing exceptions in Section 67 and Section 72(1B)(a) of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. These exceptions applied to Third Sector organisations playing sound recordings in certain circumstances. Removal of these exceptions brings UK in line with the rest of Europe and gives performers and record companies the same rights as songwriters in the UK. The Government is also removing S128A and S128B which allowed it to refer PPL to the Copyright Tribunal. Instead, licensees will be able to refer PPL to the Copyright Tribunal. The changes will take effect on 1 April 2010.
  2. The details of the pilot joint licensing scheme will be worked out between PPL, PRS for Music and the umbrella charity bodies represented by Community Sector Law Monitoring Group, including Community Matters, NCVO, the Girl Guides, ACRE, CCPR, NCVYS and the Churches’ Legal Advisory Service.
  3.  PPL has committed to a full consultation with the Third Sector to ensure the smooth implementation of the legislative changes. PPL is already working on the consultation with members of the Community Sector Law Monitoring Group.
  4. The consultation will gather information on how charities use music to boost fundraising, enhance the atmosphere of community buildings, motivate staff and volunteers and accompany aerobics classes and similar activities. More information on how music is used is available at www.musicworksforyou.com.


PPL is the music licensing company which, on behalf of 42,000 performers and 5,000 record companies in the UK, licenses recorded music.

This enables TV and radio stations, online streaming services and hundreds of thousands of shops, pubs and other establishments, large and small, using music in their business to obtain a single licence which gives them legal access to literally millions of recordings.

As an industry service, PPL does not retain any profit for itself. The costs of collecting, processing and distributing the licence fees are taken from the gross revenues that the company collects. All these revenues are distributed and paid to all PPL's record company and performer members. These include featured artists as well as session musicians, ranging from orchestral players to percussionists and to singers, 90% of whom earn less than £15,000 per year.

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.

More information is available at www.prsformusic.com/charityandcommunity

For further information from PPL please contact:

Jonathan Morrish
(44) 20 7534 1245

Clare Goldie 
(44) 20 7534 1121


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