Nigel Elderton reappointed as Chairman of PRS

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Nigel Elderton, Managing Director and European President of peermusic, has been reappointed as Chairman of Performing Right Society Limited by the PRS Board for an additional three-year term. Nigel was originally appointed Chairman in 2017, succeeding Guy Fletcher OBE.

During Nigel’s tenure as Chairman, he has provided counsel on PRS for Music’s involvement with landmark music industry events including the passing of the EU Copyright Directive, the launch of the joint venture, PPL PRS Ltd, with PPL, and the appointment of PRS for Music’s CEO, Andrea C. Martin. The society has grown to represent 140,000 members and increased its royalty revenues year-on-year.


Nigel has done an exceptional job providing his expert knowledge and guidance as Chair over the past three years and I congratulate him on his reappointment. With over 45 years’ experience in the music industry, Nigel’s expertise will prove invaluable over the coming years and I look forward to working with him closely as we improve our offering to our members.

Andrea C. Martin, Chief Executive, PRS for Music

It’s a true honour to be reappointed as PRS Chair and I look forward to continuing to serve the organisation on behalf of all PRS’ songwriter, composer and publisher members. I am extremely proud to be given the opportunity to continue working closely with Andrea and my two Deputy Chairmen, Simon Darlow and Simon Platz, in leading the vital work PRS does in protecting and preserving the value of our members’ music, both here in the UK and around the world.

Nigel Elderton, Chairman, PRS for Music

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 Ivors Academy (formerly British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors) 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. 

About PRS for Music

PRS for Music is a world-leading music collective management organisation representing the rights of more than 165,000 talented songwriters, composers and music publishers around the globe. Headquartered in the UK, it works diligently on behalf of its members to grow and protect the value of their rights. With a focus on innovation and integrity, PRS for Music is redefining the global standard for music royalties to ensure creators are paid whenever their musical compositions and songs are streamed, downloaded, broadcast, performed and played in public. In 2022, PRS for Music collected £964m and paid out £836.2m in royalties.

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