Monday 2nd March 2009
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PRS for Music Joins the British Music Experience
60,000 song writers, composers and publishers get behind the BME
PRS for Music has today announced it is a key sponsor of the British Music Experience (BME) which opens at The O2, the world’s most popular music venue, on 9th March.
PRS for Music will be the official and exclusive music-industry sponsor of the BME, actively engaged in promoting its work and critical role at the heart of the UK’s music industry.
The BME looks at popular music from 1945 through to the current day and is a combination of cutting edge audio-visual technology and the most coveted music memorabilia of all time. Over 100 artists feature in the exhibition from The Beatles, to Iron Maiden, from Cilla Black to Elastica, from David Bowie to Motorhead with in depth looks at musical genres from Skiffle to Reggae, from Rock n Roll to Blues, from Punk to Urban.
Predominantly an interactive experience, exhibition highlights include:
‘dance the decades’ - visitors can have a virtual lesson and learn how to jive, Macarena, or even do the locomotion ‘Anatomy of a pop star’ allows visitors, by touching various parts of a model pop star, discover all the different people who contribute to the success of a music star
‘The Great Divide’ highlights the contrast between music produced in the North and the South in the UK between 1979 and 1990
Steve Porter Chief Executive, PRS for Music, commented: “We’ve been at the heart of the UK music industry for several generations and without our work collecting royalties many of the musicians featured here would not have made it. The BME is a fantastic exhibition to be involved with and I’m delighted we’re on board.”
Harvey Goldsmith, Chairman of the BME said “It's fantastic that PRS for Music are supporting the British Music Experience. By coming on board they are recognising the importance of the exhibition within the industry and bringing their expertise to the BME’s education programme.”
PRS for Music will be welcoming visitors to the BME with a ‘song writing connections’ display utilising rotating 42” plasma screens highlighting the wealth of UK writing talent. In the Anatomy of a Pop Star exhibit, the organisation will be connecting the concept of copyright and royalties to how songwriters, composers and publishers earn from their work. Crucially, PRS for Music will be embedded into the rolling-education programme which will see all school children in the UK being invited to attend classes and workshops to learn about the art of song writing, the concept of copyright and how royalties are paid.
For more information, get in touch:
Barney Hooper, Head of PR:
020 7306 4548 / 07979 757 052
Lucy Ellison, Head of Communications, AEG Europe:
020 8463 2572 / 07855 851 617
PRS for Music:
PRS for Music exists to help businesses and community users get access to some of the world’s best loved songs, while making sure that songwriters, composers and publishers are rightfully rewarded whenever their musical works are played, performed or reproduced. PRS for Music provides the permissions needed to use music for any product or space, from a TV programme or YouTube video, to the workplace radio and every possibility in between. Through effective, fair and transparent licensing we ensure that creators can keep on creating by delivering vital income to all our 60,000 membership. PRS for Music is proud to keep one of the UK’s most vibrant creative industries working.
The British Music Experience:
The British Music Experience (BME), a permanent, high-tech, interactive music exhibition will open within the world’s most popular music venue, The O2. The BME will take over the 22,000 square feet on the top floor of The O2 bubble, The O2’s state of the art exhibition space. A combination of cutting edge audio-visual technology and the most coveted music memorabilia of all time will culminate in the creation of one of Britain’s most compelling attractions.
The BME will be administered as a charitable foundation and managed by an independent board of trustees, chaired by Harvey Goldsmith.