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Imogen Heap and John Truelove elected as new Writer Directors at PRS AGM 2017

Keynote speeches given by CEO Robert Ashcroft, Chairman Nigel Elderton and departing COO Craig Nunn

A panel of people at PRS for Music AGM

Renowned music creators Imogen Heap and John Truelove have been newly appointed as Writer Directors of the Performing Right Society (PRS), while Jo Smith (Warner/Chappell Music UK), Stuart Hornall (Hornall Brothers Music) and Roberto Neri (Downtown Music UK) are named Publisher Directors.

The announcement was made at the society’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 24 May.

A composer, recording artists, producer and performer, having worked in the music industry for over 20 years, Imogen Heap is known as much for her technological prowess as her Grammy-nominated and Ivor Novello Award-winning songwriting skills. As the creator of the MiMu gloves and blockchain aficionado, Heap has become a strong voice for music’s success in the digital era. She is also an ambassador for the PRS Foundation and recently became the Artist in Residence CEO at Featured Artists Coalition. 

John Truelove is a record producer, DJ, and music entrepreneur, founding his own companies including Truelove Music Publishing. A stalwart of the dance music community, Truelove has long campaigned for the sector within both PRS and further afield with the Association For Electronic Music (AFEM).

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We are very pleased to have such brilliant members join the Board today. Their experiences will be incredibly important as we continue to build on the success we have seen over the last few years, not just in collecting record amounts of royalties, but as a membership organisation that is truly run by its members, for its members.

PRS Chairman Nigel Elderton

As part of the AGM, other matters discussed included the joint venture with PPL and the work PRS for Music has been carrying out to improve its data handling capabilities. Keynote speeches were delivered by CEO Robert Ashcroft, Chairman Nigel Elderton, who joined the organisation at the beginning of the year, and departing COO Craig Nunn, who leaves the company after six years at the end of the month.

The AGM follows PRS for Music’s recent announcement of its financial results for 2016. Over the year, the organisation paid out more than half a billion pounds in royalties to its members, celebrating a record financial performance. 

ENDS

For media enquiries and further information, please contact: 

Stefania Pavlou, Media Relations Manager, PRS for Music: 020 3741 4777 /  Stefania.Pavlou@prsformusic.com  

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 it works to ensure that creators are paid whenever their musical compositions and songs are streamed, downloaded, broadcast, performed and played in public. In 2019, 18.8 trillion performances of music were reported to PRS for Music with £810.8m collected on behalf of its members, making it one of the world’s leading music collective management organisations.

PRS for Music’s public performance licensing is 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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