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PRS for Music sign licensing deal for Apple Music 

1 July 2015

PRS for Music sign licensing deal for Apple Music - deals includes Apple Music and Beats 1 Radio on a multi-territory basis

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PRS for Music today confirmed it has agreed a music licence for new streaming service, Apple Music.

Apple Music was officially launched to the public yesterday, Tuesday, 30 June and the PRS for Music licence covers on-demand streaming subscriptions in all European territories as well as its Beats 1 Radio platform. Consumers will be able to enjoy PRS for Music’s repertoire on-demand over the internet and on iOS devices such as iPhones, iPads, Macs and PCs.

The licence covers PRS, MCPS and IMPEL rights. Members will be remunerated from launch for the new service, including for the 3-month free trial period available to new subscribers to the service.

PRS for Music has been working with Apple for over 10 years to ensure its new products and services have been launched legitimately and licensed efficiently.

PRS for Music, Head of Online, Ben McEwen commented: “We’re excited about Apple Music. Streaming is fast becoming the dominant means of music discovery – and for our members to earn royalties for their work online. Every new licensed streaming service gives a boost to both the tech and creative industries and underlines just how vital collaboration is to ensure there is a healthy, thriving market for digital services, music makers and music lovers alike.”

PRS for Music has over 2,000 online customers and in the past year and the organisation’s online revenues have grown 17.5% to over £79.7M, with royalties from streaming services at £38.8m exceeded those of downloads for the first time at £26.7m.

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Notes to Editors

For further information please contact:
Olivia Chapman, Media Relations Manager
Email: olivia.chapman@prsformusic.com
Press office: 0203 741 4777

About PRS for Music

PRS for Music represents the rights of over 118,000 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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