Nigel Elderton reappointed as Chairman of PRS
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.
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 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 represents the rights of over 155,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers in the UK and around the world. On behalf of its members, it works to grow and protect the value of their rights and ensure that creators are paid transparently and efficiently whenever their musical compositions and songs are streamed, downloaded, broadcast, performed and played in public. In 2020, 22.4 trillion performances of music were reported to PRS for Music, with £699m paid out in royalties to its members, making it one of the world’s leading music collective management organisations.
PRS for Music’s public performance licensing is now carried out on PRS for Music’s behalf by PPL PRS Ltd, the joint venture between PPL and PRS for Music.