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?
Voting (formerly Associate) and Principal Voting (formerly Full) PRS members are eligible to attend and vote at the AGM. The qualifying criteria for promotion to Voting and Principal Voting membership are prescribed by the Board and approved by the membership at a general meeting.
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.
The Directors’ Ballot determines the eligibility of candidates for appointment or re-appointment as directors of PRS by members at the AGM. Principal Voting (formerly Full) members are eligible to stand as candidates and to nominate other Principal Voting members to stand. Every candidate is required to secure the support of ten nominators.
All Voting (formerly Associate) and Principal Voting members are eligible to vote in the Ballot and are contacted directly by our independent scrutineer, Electoral Reform Services (ERS), once the Ballot is open. The 2019 Directors' Ballot will open in early April.
If you are Principal Voting member interested in standing for election as a PRS Board director, please see our role of a director document for more information about eligibility and what the position entails.