PRS AGM and Directors' Ballot

What is the AGM?

PRS’ Articles of Association require the Society to hold an Annual General Meeting (AGM) each year. The AGM provides eligible members with the opportunity to hear from and ask questions of the Chairman and members of the Management Team, and is also the occasion upon which members receive the annual accounts and appoint or re-appoint PRS directors and the auditors.

Which members are eligible to attend and vote at the AGM?

Associate and Full PRS members are eligible to attend and vote at the AGM. The qualifying criteria for promotion to Associate and Full membership are prescribed by the Board and approved by the membership at a general meeting.

Find out more about PRS membership categories

What is the PRS Board?

The PRS Board is the governing body of the Society. It comprises 25 directors: 11 writers, 11 publishers, two external directors who bring valuable expertise from outside the music industry; and one Executive Director, the Chief Executive Officer. PRS Board members are Directors of the Performing Right Society Ltd and have legal duties under the Companies Act 2006.

A director’s term of office lasts for three years. At the end of each term a director is required to retire and may stand for re-appointment.

For more details please see our Rules & Regulations and Memorandum and Articles of Association.

Directors' Ballot

The Directors’ Ballot determines the eligibility of candidates for appointment or re-appointment as directors of PRS by members at the AGM. Full members are eligible to stand as candidates and to nominate other Full members to stand. Every candidate is required to secure the support of ten nominators.

All Associate and Full members are eligible to vote in the Ballot and are contacted direct by our independent scrutineer, Electoral Reform Services (ERS), once the Ballot is open.

The deadlines for nominations and voting in this year’s Directors’ Ballot have now passed. If you are interested in standing for election as a PRS Board director next year, please see What is the role of a PRS director? for more information about eligibility and what the position entails.