Maurice Samuel appointed PRS for Music Chief Economist

PRS for Music confirms the appointment of its new Chief Economist, Maurice Samuel.

PRS for Music today confirmed the appointment of its new Chief Economist, Maurice Samuel.

Maurice Samuel was educated at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London University, where he received a First Class Honours degree in Economics with Geography and at King’s College, Cambridge University, where he took a Master of Philosophy in Economics.

Maurice has worked for a wide range of public and private sector organisations, including HM Treasury, the Office of Fair Trading, the London Stock Exchange and, most recently, British Telecom (BT), where his analysis of customer churn proved pivotal in helping BT to secure deregulation in its residential retail markets.


Maurice is a perfect fit for our organisation which has a complex remit across many sectors. His extensive experience in both technology and finance institutions means that he understands the powerful market transitions impacting our business. This is a unique time for the music industry and I am delighted to welcome Maurice to the PRS for Music team.

Robert Ashcroft, PRS for Music Chief Executive

This is a very exciting time to be joining PRS for Music – an innovative company that embraces technology and values in-depth analysis. I look forward to using my experience of communications markets - and transitions within these from analogue to digital - to drive increased licensing revenue for our members.

Maurice Samuel

About PRS for Music

PRS for Music represents the rights of over 160,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers in the UK and around the world. On behalf of its members, it works diligently to grow and protect the value of their rights and ensure that creators are paid transparently and efficiently whenever their musical compositions and songs are streamed, downloaded, broadcast, performed and played in public. In 2021, 27 trillion performances of music were reported to PRS for Music with £677.2m paid out in royalties to its members, making it one of the world’s leading music collective management organisations.

PRS for Music’s public performance licensing is now carried out on PRS for Music’s behalf by PPL PRS Ltd, the joint venture between PPL and PRS for Music.

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