The MPA Group announce Paul Clements as Jane Dyball’s successor as the new CEO

Paul Clements to join the MPA Group in February 2019

Paul Clements

The MPA Group has announced the appointment of Paul Clements to the position of CEO in succession to Jane Dyball.

Clements, currently Executive Director of Membership, International & Licensing at PRS for Music, joins the MPA Group in February 2019 following Dyball’s decision to step down after five successful years at the helm.

In addition to being the trade association for UK music publishers, the MPA Group comprises Mechanical Copyright Protection Society (MCPS) which is on course to distribute in excess of £140 million of mechanical royalties in 2018 as it completes its recovery after leaving the PRS-MCPS Alliance in 2013, and Printed Music Licensing Ltd (PMLL) which licenses the photocopying of printed music.

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I am both honoured and delighted to have been offered the role of MPA Group CEO and am looking forward to building upon the solid foundations of Jane Dyball and her team’s excellent work over the past five years.

Paul Clements 
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It is a tribute to Jane Dyball’s excellent stewardship that we were able to attract such a high calibre of candidates as MCPS enters the next phase of development. We are excited to have secured Paul’s appointment and look to the future with confidence.

MCPS Chair Chris Butler
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We are delighted that Paul is joining us as CEO of our group. His ability to engage on issues with intellectual focus, as well as communicate with clarity and passion makes us excited about his future advocacy on behalf of our community. In addition, he brings a keen business brain which will help expand the reach of our PMLL business.

MPA Chair Jackie Alway
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I would like to congratulate Paul on his appointment and look forward to working with him in his new capacity as Chief Executive of the MPA Group of Companies. Paul has given 22 years of service to PRS for Music and we are indebted to him for his considerable contribution to the business. Under his stewardship of our licensing division, revenues have grown consistently, allowing us to distribute more money every year to our songwriter, composer and publisher members. Paul’s knowledge of our industry, commercial expertise and longstanding relationships will serve him well in his new role.

Robert Ashcroft, Chief Executive of PRS for Music

About the MPA Group

The MPA Group represents the full range of the UK’s music publishing sector. It acts on behalf of over 240 members ranging from the UK’s largest and most established music publishers to independents and start-ups. The MPA Group is made of three companies, the not-for-profit trade association, the Music Publishers Association (MPA), and its two wholly owned commercial businesses Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society (MCPS) and Printed Music Licensing Ltd (PMLL).

The MPA is a community for UK music publishers that provides a collective voice for music publishing, as well as providing training, education, representation and a host of other business benefits to ensure its members thrive in a fast-paced commercial environment. MCPS is the UK collection society that licenses mechanical (or reproduction) rights on behalf of over 26,000 music publisher and composer members, with an annual turnover in the region of £150m a year. PMLL licences photocopying rights on behalf of music publishers to allow schools and other licensees to make copies of printed music. 

Collectively, the MPA Group aims to safeguard and champion the interests of its members, to facilitate licensing and to deliver value back to its members for the benefit of the composers and writers they represent.

About PRS for Music

PRS for Music represents the rights of songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK and around the world. As a membership organisation it works to ensure that creators are paid whenever their musical compositions and songs are streamed, downloaded, broadcast, performed and played in public. With over 100 representation agreements in place globally, PRS for Music's network represents over two million music creators worldwide. In 2018, 11.2 trillion performances of music were reported to PRS for Music with £746m collected on behalf of 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 new joint venture between PPL and PRS for Music