PRS For Music To Review Live Music Tariff
UK-based Performing rights organization, PRS for Music announced that it will be reviewing the terms of its Popular Music Concerts Tariff, which is a tariff applied to ticketed live popular music events such as concerts and festivals.
The review, to be conducted by PRS' customers and members, is intended to ensure that the tariff continues to serve its stated purpose. The current tariff was set by the UK Copyright Tribunal in 1988.
Paul Clements, Commercial Director, PRS for Music commented: "The live music sector has changed dramatically since 1988, when the current tariff was set by the UK Copyright Tribunal. The purpose of this consultation process is to engage with our customers and members, to provide an open dialogue in reviewing PRS for Music’s Tariff LP. As a membership organisation, we have an obligation to ensure that our licensing is simple, efficient, fit for purpose – and recognises the valuable contribution our songwriters and publishers make to the live music industry."
The consultation has received support from industry representative bodies including the Music Publishers Association (MPA) and the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA).
Vick Bain, CEO, British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) said: "Being the voice for music writers we are very aware of every development throughout the music industry and how it impacts our members. It is apparent that the live music sector has grown immensely over the past 27 years and it is built on the foundation of the music our members write. It is vital that the value of a song is properly recognised. We therefore support PRS for Music in running this consultation, and encourage all relevant parties to express their views with open and transparent communication." – via Celebrity Access