PPL and PRS to co-host stage at Handmade 2017 festival

PPL and PRS to co-host stage at Handmade 2017 festival

PPL and PRS For Music have teamed up to co-host the second stage at this year’s Handmade festival in Leicester.

Taking place from April 29-30 across the city’s O2 Academy and Attenborough Arts Centre, the festival will see the likes of Cabbage, Jaws and Superfood perform on the second stage.

The festival’s main stage will host performances from acts including British Sea Power, Pulled Apart By Horses and Honeyblood.

Peter Leathem, chief executive, PPL, said: “We are delighted to be able to support Handmade 2017 and co-host a stage with our friends at PRS for Music. The festival is a leading light for Leicester’s music scene and we are excited about becoming more involved in that as we launch our joint venture in the city this year. It promises to be a great weekend for performers and attendees alike.”

Paul Clements, commercial director at PRS For Music added: “We are excited and proud to be partnering with Handmade Festival in association with PPL in the vibrant City of Leicester, from where we plan to launch our new joint venture that will benefit customers from later this year. Handmade Festival – as its name suggests – is a lovingly crafted local multi-arts event and we applaud the festival's organisers for continuing to bring such an eclectic mix of established and exciting grassroots music talents to its audience.”

“We’re absolutely delighted to have PRS and PPL involved in Handmade this year,” commented John Helps, director, Handmade. “It’s important for us to work with organisations who support musicians as much as they do, and who are involved at every level - from new and emerging talent upwards.

“It’s particularly poignant to have them as part of Handmade this year as part of their business moves to premises in Leicester. We look forward to welcoming them to a city that has such a fertile creative community, which nurtures its new acts and produces such a diverse range of music across its venues and events."

The co-hosted stage marks the latest step in an on-going collaboration between the two licensing organisation. Last month, PPL and PRS For Music entered into a first-of-its-kind initiative to link each other’s data sets, creating a joint prototype search tool to improve identification of recordings and musical works and the links between them.

They are also due to move into a shared Leicester-based premises later this year as part of their new joint venture.

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