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PRS for Music sign deal with Soundmouse 

8 June 2011

PRS for Music has announced a deal with Soundmouse, the UK’s leading broadcast reporting provider, to supply new fingerprint technology to identify music performances broadcast on radio.

Soundmouse will monitor the use of music on radio across a range of
stations in the UK and report the usage data back to PRS for Music who will then use the data to assist in accurately distributing revenues to members. The monitoring activity will start on 1 October 2011, and the information collected will be used for distributing member royalties from April 2012.

PRS for Music conducted extensive research into music recognition technology, and selected Soundmouse after a tender process which began in February this year.

Keith Hill, Head of Research and Development at PRS for Music, said: “Offering the highest levels of service to our members is paramount and it is critical we receive the best information and reporting to achieve this. After extensive research into music recognition technology we selected Soundmouse as they were the clear leaders in their field.  The new technology will increase accuracy of distributions to members and further enhance the efficiency of royalty payments.”

Mark Vermaat, Head of Business Development, Soundmouse, said: “Our mathematicians have succeeded in delivering a significant leap forward in targeting the unique demands of music reporting, one of the hardest challenges for automated monitoring. We are therefore delighted to be working with PRS for Music and its members to provide our music monitoring services to benefit rights owners.”

Soundmouse was formed in 2001 and now provides services to over 450 of the world's leading media organisations. It is the leading provider of information services to the broadcast industry, offering data management and cue sheet reporting to broadcasters and producers.

The company has developed its own fingerprinting technology that has brought a step change in reporting accuracy. Its system is capable of precisely identifying the smallest segments of music performance, even when obscured by voice and other ambient sound.

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.

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