The Nigel Elderton Interview : Changing Step

For more than forty years, Nigel Elderton has been at the beating heart of the British music industry. A seasoned publisher, Elderton launched his career at Chappell Music in 1975, moving on to EMI Publishing and eventually peermusic, where he would become managing director and European president. Now chairman of the PRS Members’ Council — he was reappointed for an additional three-year term in 2020 — Nigel guides directors in their decision making to protect and preserve the value of PRS members’ music. In the year he was re-elected, he was responsible for spearheading the historic governance changes that would allow PRS to improve its membership experience. But, since COVID-19 rocked the foundations of the industry, the urgency to cut costs and improve efficiency has increased. It’s no secret that music creators have been hit particularly hard by COVID-19. Despite PRS distributing a record £699.4m in 2020, the last 18 months has arguably been the most troubling period its members have experienced en masse in recent history. As we reach the end of a turbulent 2021, M Magazine spoke to Nigel to ask whether COVID has changed the state of play for the PRO, why becoming a more inclusive collections society is key and what it means to sit on the PRS Members’ Council.

Maya Radcliffe
  • By Maya Radcliffe
  • 5 Jan 2022
  • min read