The PRS Board originally appointed Elderton as chairman in 2017, when he succeded Guy Fletcher, OBE.
Throughout his role at PRS for Music he has advised the society on its involvement with landmark music industry events including the passing of the EU Copyright Directive, the launch of the joint venture, PPL PRS Ltd, with PPL, and the appointment of PRS for Music’s CEO, Andrea C. Martin.
PRS for Music has grown to represent 140,000 members and increased its royalty revenues year-on-year.
Elderton began his career at Chappell Music in 1975 before joining EMI Music Publishing the following year.
He remained at EMI for 12 years and in 1992 joined peermusic as its managing director and was subsequently appointed European President.
The Ivors Academy (formerly British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors) awarded him the Gold Badge of Distinction in 2005 and in 2007 he was invited to become a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts (FRSA).
His most recent accolade was the MPA Gold Badge for distinguished service to the music publishing industry – the Music Publishers Association’s highest honour.
Andrea C. Martin, chief executive, PRS for Music, says: ‘Nigel has done an exceptional job providing his expert knowledge and guidance as Chair over the past three years and I congratulate him on his reappointment. With over 45 years’ experience in the music industry, Nigel’s expertise will prove invaluable over the coming years and I look forward to working with him closely as we improve our offering to our members.’
Nigel Elderton adds: ‘It’s a true honour to be reappointed as PRS Chair and I look forward to continuing to serve the organisation on behalf of all PRS’ songwriter, composer and publisher members. I am extremely proud to be given the opportunity to continue working closely with Andrea and my two Deputy Chairmen, Simon Darlow and Simon Platz, in leading the vital work PRS does in protecting and preserving the value of our members’ music, both here in the UK and around the world.’