The collecting society that represents 95,000 songwriters, composers and publishers has confirmed that it has added world renowned publishers, Warp Music Ltd. and Nettwerk One Music Ltd. to its Independent Music Publishers’ European Licensing (IMPEL) collective, bringing the total membership to 20.
Ben McEwen, Head of Online, PRS for Music said, “It’s been a year of significant milestones for PRS for Music’s online licensing activity, with a number of key new services licensed and the continued growth of IMPEL proving itself to be a force in the market.
IMPEL represents an impressive list of repertoire such as David Bowie (Bucks), Justin Timberlake (Imagem), Lou Reed (Spirit) and Goldie (Westbury), amongst many others and almost £7m in royalties already distributed through the initiative.
Joanna Hagger, Warp Music Ltd. commented "Joining IMPEL was a simple process and we've received support from a great team so far. It is important for us to work across the whole of Europe with a direct licensor that understands the needs of an independent."
By the end of 2012, PRS for Music also confirmed it had secured pan-European licenses for cloud services provided by iTunes, Google, Amazon and Microsoft, providing access to British repertoire across multiple territories and ultimately to millions of tracks.
McEwen concluded, “Our ongoing commitment to support the growth and development of legitimate music services across is great news for our members at a time of continued transition for the wider industry. I am very optimistic 2012 revenues will reflect the strides we have made in pan-European licensing.”
Notes to Editors:
IMPEL was the first vehicle to allow independent publishers to take advantage of the European Commission Recommendation on the collective management of online music rights and provides a convenient one-stop shop for licensees. IMPEL chose PRS for Music as its partner society to license and administer the participating publishers’ rights on its behalf, and has the full support of the Music Publishers Association. The group includes, Bucks Music Group, Conexion Music Limited, Eagle-i Music Limited, Fairwood Music (UK) Limited, Fintage Publishing BV, Hornall Brothers Music Limited, Kassner Associated Publishers Limited, Minds on Fire (formerly Club Row Music), Moncur Street Music Limited, Mute Song Limited, Nettwerk One Music Ltd, Proof Songs Limited, Red Ink Music Limited, Reverb Music Limited, RZO Music Limited, Spirit Music Group, The Music Sales Group, Truelove Music, Warp Music Ltd and Westbury Music Limited.
PRS for Music represents the rights of over 95,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK. 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 £3.8bn PRS for Music is uniquely placed to be a voice for music and music creators. Collecting £630.8m in 2011 PRS for Music is one of the world’s most efficient combined rights organisations. With 150 representation agreements in place globally, PRS for Music’s network represents over 2 million music creators. www.prsformusic.com / www.m-magazine.co.uk