Nigel Elderton announced as new Chairman of PRS

Nigel Elderton announced as new Chairman of PRS as Guy Fletcher steps down after six years

Nigel Elderton

Nigel Elderton, Managing Director and European President of peermusic, succeeds Guy Fletcher OBE as Chairman of Performing Right Society Limited.

At peermusic, Nigel has worked with an impressive global roster of emerging, established and heritage songwriters and artists from Melanie C and Donovan, to Judge Jules, Cradle of Filth, Buddy Holly and Brendan Graham. peermusic was also the first company to publish songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, and early works by iconic bands such as Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones and The Pretty Things. First elected to the PRS Board in 1992, Nigel has worked with PRS for Music for 25 years and currently serves as a Publisher Director on the PRS Board and MCPS Board. Nigel also holds Directorships at IMPEL and the Music Publishers Association, is a former Director of UK Music and Founding Trustee of the PRS for Music Foundation.

With over 40 years’ experience in the music industry, Nigel began his career at Chappell Music in 1975 and joined EMI Music Publishing a year later where he remained for the next 12 years working in many areas of publishing both creatively and administratively.

Nigel accepted the role of UK Managing Director of peermusic in 1992 and was subsequently appointed European President.

In 2005, he was awarded the Gold Badge of Distinction by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) and in 2007, was invited to become a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts (FRSA). More recently, Nigel was awarded the Music Publishers Association’s highest honour the MPA Gold Badge for distinguished service to the music publishing industry.

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It is a great honour to follow in the footsteps of such a rich succession of past chairmen including Guy Fletcher who has presided over such a successful chapter in PRS’ history. I believe that the experience and knowledge I have obtained while working closely with PRS for Music, MCPS and IMPEL over the years will be invaluable in helping me guide our board and serve the organisation through its next chapter on behalf of all PRS’ composer, songwriter and publisher members. I am extremely proud and honoured to be given the opportunity to serve as Chairman and I look forward to working closely with Robert Ashcroft and my two deputy chairmen during what is undoubtedly one of the most challenging and pivotal times for the UK music industry, both at home and internationally.

Nigel Elderton

About PRS for Music

PRS for Music represents the rights of songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK and around the world. As a membership organisation the company ensures creators are paid whenever their music and songs are played, performed, broadcast or reproduced in public and provides business and community groups with access to 22.2 million songs through its music licences. With over 100 representation agreements in place globally, PRS for Music's network represents over two million music creators.

In 2016, the organisation collected over half a billion pounds (£621.5m) on behalf of its members, making it one of the world’s leading music collective management organisations.