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PRS pays tribute to Frances Lowe

By | Published on Thursday 10 August 2017

PRS For Music

PRS For Music has paid tribute to Frances Lowe who died last week. Lowe had a long career working with and alongside the UK collecting society, most recently in a key policy and public affairs role.

Lowe worked as International Counsel at PRS in the 1990s before going on to run British Music Rights, the organisation set up to lobby for the collective interests of songwriters and music publishers, which later morphed into sector-wide trade group UK Music.

After taking some time off from the music industry, she retuned in 2007 to consult on the setting up of digital licensing entity CELAS, before rejoining PRS in a full time role as Head Of Regulatory & Corporate Affairs, subsequently setting up the society’s public affairs team.

Leading the tributes to Lowe was PRS For Music’s General Counsel Debbie Stones, who said yesterday that: “It cannot be overstated that the music landscape would not be the same without Frances and the incredible work she undertook throughout her career”.

Stones added: “At PRS For Music, she was instrumental in setting up our first class policy and public affairs team, helping to shape the [EU] Collective Rights Management Directive and placing the issue of ‘transfer of value’ squarely on the political map”.

Referencing Lowe’s work beyond PRS itself, Stones went on: “Similarly, in her years as Director General of British Music Rights, the forerunner of UK Music, she represented the rights of PRS members with passion and professionalism. Through all these things and more, Frances truly left an indelible mark on the industry and we will all miss her insight, experience and intellect”.