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PRS for Music Statement - British Chambers of Commerce 

1 May 2009

It has come to our attention that the British Chambers of Commerce has conducted a small survey amongst 200 (0.2%) of its members relating to contact they may have had from us.  

We are extremely surprised and somewhat perplexed that the BCC have issued a press statement, stating that a significant proportion of businesses rate their experience with us poorly.  This is not a pattern that we recognise.   Of the businesses that we contact we experience a very low level of complaints –  less than 0.05%.  If we do receive a complaint we look at each individual case very carefully to ensure that the music licensing system is delivered fairly and equitably.  We value all of our licensees, and membership base, and strive to offer the highest levels of service to both.   

350,000 businesses in the UK already have a PRS for Music licence, enabling them to legally enjoy the powerful benefits that using music brings for both staff and customers.  

PRS for Music exists to provide a vital income for the songwriters and composers who write the music that we all love.  90% of our members earn less than £5,000 a year in royalties and depend on this income to make a living and keep creating more great music.  

We consult widely with industry groups and recently launched a new licence in partnership with the Federation of Small Businesses so that workplaces with four or fewer employees can enjoy the benefits of music for only £44 per year, less than £1 a week.  

Steve Porter, Chief Executive, PRS for Music

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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