PRS for Music supports This is Music 2021 report

UK Music today (19 October) unveiled its This Is Music 2021 annual report. It reveals the devastating impact of COVID-19, which wiped out 69,000 jobs - one in three of the total workforce.

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This Is Music 2021 clearly highlights the devastating effect of COVID-19 across the UK music industry landscape. The songwriter, composer and publisher community has shown great strength and resilience during the last 20 months, even as many of their sources of income declined or ceased entirely. Indeed for many the income from their rights was their only source of income, reinforcing again the necessity of a strong copyright framework. Despite the obvious challenges of the pandemic on the foundations of our industry, the creativity and brilliance of our music creators remains one of our greatest national assets.

Andrea Czapary Martin, CEO, PRS for Music

We welcome UK Music’s report and call on the Government to support our industry in its recovery, through financial incentives but also providing much needed certainty for our artists wishing to tour in the EU. As a global leader in the music industry we must continue to foster and support the creativity and innovation of our creator community, as they are drivers of our economic and cultural success. Let us never take this for granted.

Nigel Elderton,Chair, PRS Members’ Council

About PRS for Music

PRS for Music represents the rights of over 160,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers in the UK and around the world. On behalf of its members, it works diligently 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 2021, 27 trillion performances of music were reported to PRS for Music with £677.2m 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.

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