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Statement in relation to Bobby Valentino “Young at Heart” allegations 

18 July 2012

Ten years ago Bobby Valentino was awarded a share in the song “Young at Heart” and as such PRS for Music paid royalties to Valentino in line with that share. The song had risen to prominence following a Volkswagen Golf commercial of 1993.

Following allegations by Mr Valentino an independent accountant assessed the case on two separate occasions and concluded the correct share had been paid to all parties (including other writers and publishers) who had shares in the work and there was absolutely no wrong doing on the part of PRS for Music. As such all Mr Valentino’s historic allegations are refuted and the case is considered closed.

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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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