PRS for Music announces new appointments

Commercial Director, Paul Clements and Executive Director of Membership and International, Karen Buse.

The organisation that represents over 100,000 songwriters, composers and publishers has confirmed the appointment of its new Commercial Director, Paul Clements and Executive Director of Membership and International, Karen Buse.

Paul Clements joined PRS for Music in 1996 and has extensive experience across the company having worked in Member Services, IT, Recorded Media and most recently as the Director of Public Performance Sales. As Commercial Director, Paul will now oversee all of PRS for Music’s licensing activity.

Karen Buse has been Interim Director of Membership and Rights while also continuing to exercise her responsibilities as Director of International. Karen will now continue in this dual role on a permanent basis, becoming Executive Director of Membership and International with immediate effect. Karen joined PRS for Music in 1991, working in Distribution and her career has taken her through a wide variety of roles from Radio and Overseas Distribution to IT and International.


I am particularly pleased that, after a comprehensive search, the strongest candidates for both these roles came from within the organisation. Paul has impressive knowledge of the industry, excellent strategic and leadership skills and I am very pleased to appoint him to this key role. Karen is also steeped in our industry and has made excellent network contacts around the world. She also understands the needs of the membership and has already made strides in improving our service to them. Her combination of commercial acumen and relationship skills equip her perfectly for this important role.

PRS for Music Chief Executive, Robert Ashcroft

About PRS for Music

Here for music since 1914, PRS for Music is a world-leading music collective management organisation representing the rights of more than 175,000 talented songwriters, composers and music publishers. Redefining the global standard for music royalties, PRS for Music ensures songwriters and composers are paid whenever their musical compositions and songs are streamed, downloaded, broadcast, performed and played in public. 

For 110 years it has grown and protected the rights of the music creator community, paying out royalties with more accuracy, transparency and speed. In 2023, PRS for Music paid out £943.6m in royalties and collected a record £1.08 billion in revenues.

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