17 July 2012
PRS for Music’s IMPEL initiative now numbers 18 indie publishers. Over £5m royalties distributed to date for all independent publishers
PRS for Music has announced that Westbury Music and Mute Song are the latest publishers to sign up to its Independent Music Publishers’ European Licensing (IMPEL) initiative. Repertoire from the two publishers will be included in the society’s pan-European digital licences from 1st July onwards.
Set up in 2010 IMPEL directly licenses Anglo-American online and mobile mechanical rights to new and existing pan-European digital services on behalf of its publisher members along with the matching performing rights. Together with the repertoire licensed from its ‘Friends of IMPEL’ members, PRS for Music has now distributed royalties in excess of £5m to independent publishers.
Graham Edwards, Head of PEL Services at PRS for Music said: “We are pleased to report a number of positives including a significantly improved processing speed for IMPEL distributions. In some cases it has taken just six months from music use in Europe to royalties hitting bank accounts and as a result we are seeing ever more interest from the independent publisher community. We have also now distributed £5million in royalties which is proof the system is working better and we’re looking forward to welcoming more members in the near future.”
Andrew King, General Manager, Mute commented: “We have followed IMPEL from the start and having seen the successes to date we felt this was the right time to join. We feel this is the way forward for digital licensing and are optimistic for the future of this venture."
To date PRS for Music has 20 pan-European licensing deals in place including Spotify, 7 Digital, Amazon, Apple iTunes, Rdio, Research in Motion and Rara.com.
IMPEL directly licenses the Anglo-American online and mobile mechanical rights with the associated performing rights already represented by PRS for Music to a range of new and existing digital services. IMPEL members include Conexion Music Limited, Fairwood Music (UK) Limited, Hornall Brothers Music Limited, Kassner Associate Publishers Limited, The Music Sales Group, Proof Songs Limited, Red Ink Music Limited, Reverb Music Limited, Moncur Street Music Limited, RZO Music Limited, Truelove Music, Bucks Music Group, Minds on Fire (Formerly Club Row Music), Fintage Publishing BV, Eagle-i Music Limited, Spirit Music Group, Mute Song and Westbury Music.
Aligned to the IMPEL initiative as ‘Friends of Impel’ are Peermusic and Imagem Music.
About PRS for Music
PRS for Music represents the rights of over 118,000 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 over 10m 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 £537.4m in 2015, 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.