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 Executive Leadership 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 and Principal Voting 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 whether candidates are eligible for appointment or re-appointment as PRS Directors at the AGM. Principal Voting members are eligible to stand as candidates and to nominate other Principal Voting members to stand.
The deadline for nominations and voting in this year’s Directors’ Ballot has now passed. If you’re a Principal Voting member interested in standing for election to the PRS Board next year, please see our role of a Director document for more information on what the position entails and how to put yourself forward.
The PRS AGM took place on 21 May 2019. Watch videos, read the speeches and find out more about the key moments from the day.