PRS for Music elect Chris Butler and John Minch to represent independent publishers

PRS for Music reveal the elected representatives for its Executive Board in 2016

PRS for Music are pleased to announce that Imagem Chief Executive, John Minch and Music Sales Group’s Head of Publishing Rights, Chris Butler will represent independent publishers on its Executive Board.

The announcement followed the PRS board meeting on Wednesday (16 December 2015) where Chris and John were both re-elected as independent publishers.

There were three independent publisher nominations received for the two available seats which saw a ballot put in place to decide the outcome.

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PRS is at the forefront of innovation and best practice within the worldwide Rights Management community and I am delighted to be able to continue to contribute to the work of the executive board.

Chris Butler
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It’s an exciting time. The new ICE development and a major investment in a new digital PRS. I’m happy and flattered to be part of it all.

John Minch

The Executive Board primarily oversees the direction of PRS for Music's strategy, operations and performance – consisting of directors drawn from the Performing Right Society Limited, both songwriters and publishers, as well as external directors.

In the other ballots, former BASCA Chairman Simon Darlow was elected as Deputy Chairman (writer), where songwriter Mick Leeson and composer Julian Nott were appointed as Writer Members.

In addition, MPA Chair Jackie Alway and Sony/ATV’s William Booth were elected as major Publisher Members.

These appointments will come into effect on 1 January 2016.

About PRS for Music

PRS for Music represents the rights of over 125,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK. As a membership organisation it ensures creators are paid whenever their music is played, performed or reproduced, championing the importance of copyright to protect and support the UK music industry. The UK has a proud tradition of creating wonderful music that is enjoyed the world over and PRS for Music has been supporting the creators of that music since 1914.

PRS for Music provides business and community groups with easy access to nearly 15m songs through its music licences. In an industry worth over £4.1bn, PRS for Music is uniquely placed to be a voice for music and music creators. Collecting £621.5m in 2016, PRS for Music is one of the world’s most efficient combined rights organisations. With over 100 representation agreements in place globally, PRS for Music's network represents over two million music creators.