PRS for Music has launched a revised Code of Conduct for its 95,000 music creator members and over 350,000 existing customers.
The code follows the British Copyright Council Principles of Good Governance for Collective Management Organisations and also takes into account the recently published Intellectual Property Office Minimum Standards for UK Collecting Societies. It outlines how PRS for Music will achieve best practice by responding to the needs of members and licensees alike and conduct its licensing business fairly and transparently.
Detailed in the code are commitments to:
- Provide information about the general governance, licensing and membership activities of PRS for Music
- Set standards of conduct that members and licensees can expect from the society
- Set standards for transparency
- Outline the complaints procedure for members and customers
- Provide an independent ombudsman for complaint resolution
Chief Executive Robert Ashcroft commented: “This revised code builds upon and consolidates PRS for Music’s existing licensee and membership codes. Its launch underpins our commitment to excellent service and high standards in all that we do.”
The introduction of the code follows a consultation period with members, customers groups, trade association and other stakeholders.
The PRS for Music Code of Conduct can be viewed at: www.prsformusic.com/codeofconduct
Established in 1914, PRS for Music represents the rights of over 95,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK. As a not-for-profit organisation it ensures creators are paid whenever their music is played, performed or reproduced; championing the importance of copyright to protect and support the UK music industry.
PRS for Music provides business and community groups with easy access to over 10million songs through its music licences. Collecting £630.8m in 2011, PRS for Music is one of the world’s most efficient combined rights organisations. With 150 representation agreements in place globally, its network represents over 2million music creators.