Nigel Elderton announced as new Chairman of PRS

Nigel Elderton announced as new Chairman of PRS as Guy Fletcher steps down after six years

Nigel Elderton

Nigel Elderton, Managing Director and European President of peermusic, succeeds Guy Fletcher OBE as Chairman of Performing Right Society Limited.

At peermusic, Nigel has worked with an impressive global roster of emerging, established and heritage songwriters and artists from Melanie C and Donovan, to Judge Jules, Cradle of Filth, Buddy Holly and Brendan Graham. peermusic was also the first company to publish songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, and early works by iconic bands such as Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones and The Pretty Things. First elected to the PRS Board in 1992, Nigel has worked with PRS for Music for 25 years and currently serves as a Publisher Director on the PRS Board and MCPS Board. Nigel also holds Directorships at IMPEL and the Music Publishers Association, is a former Director of UK Music and Founding Trustee of the PRS for Music Foundation.

With over 40 years’ experience in the music industry, 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 British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) 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.

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It is a great honour to follow in the footsteps of such a rich succession of past chairmen including Guy Fletcher who has presided over such a successful chapter in PRS’ history. I believe that the experience and knowledge I have obtained while working closely with PRS for Music, MCPS and IMPEL over the years will be invaluable in helping me guide our board and serve the organisation through its next chapter on behalf of all PRS’ composer, songwriter and publisher members. I am extremely proud and honoured to be given the opportunity to serve as Chairman and I look forward to working closely with Robert Ashcroft and my two deputy chairmen during what is undoubtedly one of the most challenging and pivotal times for the UK music industry, both at home and internationally.

Nigel Elderton

About PRS for Music

PRS for Music represents the rights of over 125,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK. As a membership 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. The UK has a proud tradition of creating wonderful music that is enjoyed the world over and PRS for Music has been supporting the creators of that music since 1914.

PRS for Music provides business and community groups with easy access to nearly 22.2m songs through its music licences. In an industry worth over £4.1bn, PRS for Music is uniquely placed to be a voice for music and music creators. Collecting £621.5m in 2016, PRS for Music is one of the world’s leading music collective management organisations. With over 100 representation agreements in place globally, PRS for Music's network represents over two million music creators.