Clements, currently executive director of membership, international and licensing at PRS for Music, joins the MPA group in February, following Jane Dyball’s decision to step down from the position after five years at the helm.
In addition to being the trade association for UK music publishers, the MPA Group comprises Mechanical Copyright Protection Society (MCPS) and also the Printed Music Licensing Ltd (PMLL), which licenses the photocopying of printed music.
MCPS is on course to distribute in excess of £140m of mechanical royalties in 2018 as it completes its recovery after leaving the PRS-MCPS Alliance in 2013.
Commenting on his appointment, Clements said: ‘I am both honoured and delighted to have been offered the role of MPA Group chief executive and am looking forward to building upon the solid foundations of Jane Dyball and her team’s excellent work over the past five years.’
Robert Ashcroft, chief executive of PRS for Music, added: 'I would like to congratulate Paul on his appointment and look forward to working with him in his new capacity as chief executive of the MPA Group of Companies. Paul has given 22 years of service to PRS for Music and we are indebted to him for his considerable contribution to the business.
'Under his stewardship of our licensing division, revenues have grown consistently, allowing us to distribute more money every year to our songwriter, composer and publisher members. Paul’s knowledge of our industry, commercial expertise and longstanding relationships will serve him well in his new role.'
Chris Butler, MCPS chair, said: ‘It is a tribute to Jane Dyball’s excellent stewardship that we were able to attract such a high calibre of candidates as MCPS enters the next phase of development. We are excited to have secured Paul’s appointment and look to the future with confidence.'