10 December 2015
UK performing rights society, PRS for Music last night hosted a reception for its songwriter and composer members and a number of MSPs in the Scottish Parliament. The event was sponsored by the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop MSP in association with Deputy Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, John Scott MSP.
The event provided an important opportunity for some of Scotland’s most successful music creators to discuss the challenges facing the Scottish music industry, including the changing shape of the online market, while also hearing about the Scottish Government’s ambitions to grow Scotland’s creative sectors.
Those among the list of high profile attendees were –
- Kayus Banks and Alloysious Massaquoi, members of Mercury Prize- winning Young Fathers
- Mick Cooke, BAFTA- Award-winning composer and former member of BRIT award winners, Belle and Sebastian
- Stewart Henderson, Managing Director of Chemikal Underground Records and chairperson for the Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA)
- Dougie Maclean OBE
- Rab Andrew, Manager of Texas and Primal Scream
“The creation of original content is an art-form in itself and I recognise how vitally important it is to protect that intellectual property, safeguarding its use and distribution and ensuring that the value generated by its exploitation is returned direct to the creator,” said Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, “I commend PRS for their efforts to ensure that everyone better understands the licensing process and the value that copyright brings to the economy. This is particularly important because of new challenges being thrown up by rapid advances in digital technology.”
PRS for Music’s Head of Public Affairs, John Mottram said: "This event provided an important opportunity for songwriters and composers, whose works are so essential to the success of Scotland's music industry, to meet with members of the Scottish Parliament. We hope this is just the beginning of a new dialogue which can help support Scotland's creator community and build on the existing initiatives which the Scottish Government is undertaking to strengthen the creative sector."
Carrie MacDonald (Scottish singer-songwriter), John Mottram (PRS for Music’s Head of Public Affairs), John Scott MSP (Deputy Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament), Fiona Hyslop MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs), Gary Clark (Scottish songwriter/producer), Stuart Fleming (PRS for Music Membership Development Scotland), Alloysious Massaquoi (Young Fathers), Kayus Bankole (Young Fathers)
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 nearly 15m 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 £621.5m in 2016, 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.