20 July 2015
Lord Michael Grade and Paul Mitchell join as External Directors
PRS for Music today announces the appointment of two new external directors to the Executive Board. Lord Michael Grade and Paul Mitchell replace Wanda Goldwag and Estelle Morris, who stood down at this year’s PRS for Music AGM at the end of their term.
Lord Michael Grade has had a leading role in the media world during the last 40 years. He sits in the House of Lords as a Conservative Peer and has been a vocal advocate for the protection of copyright.
His career in television is unparalleled as he has had both programme content roles and managerial roles in ITV, Channel 4 and the BBC. He has a high public profile and commands attention in this arena. His career started in artist management and has a background of protecting artists’ interests.
Paul Mitchell spent his entire career in copyright, publishing and commercial law. He is a recently retired partner at Taylor Wessing, a leading media rights firm. He has acted for a number of authors, composers, performers and music publishers as well as collecting societies.
Paul chaired the British Copyright Council for eight years and has been a trustee of the Copyright Society of the USA. He was also a director of the Rambert Dance Company, and is currently a director of the Dancers Career Development society. He acted for the Roald Dahl Trust for a number of years, and now chairs the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, having been a trustee since 2010.
Stephen Davidson, Chair of the Executive Board commented: “The appointment of two highly experienced Directors with such strong links to the copyright environment is a genuine delight. The music industry is experiencing unprecedented change. I welcome the counsel of Lord Michael Grade and Paul Mitchell and the insight they will contribute to the business so we can drive PRS forward in this fast paced digital economy.”
About PRS for Music
PRS for Music represents the rights of over 124,000 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.