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Some MCPS stuff

By | Published on Monday 28 June 2010

The MD of music publisher Peermusic, Nigel Elderton, was last week re-elected unopposed to the role of Chairman of the Music Publishers Association at the trade body’s AGM in London.

He is also taking over as chairman of MCPS, the bit of the PRS For Music collecting society that deals with mechanical royalties, mainly by taking money off record companies for the song royalties due on the sale of sound recordings. In the latter role he replaces Tom Bradley, who is stepping down after six years, but who will stick around on the MCPS board for at least another year to advise.

Although a division of PRS on an operational level, MCPS is actually a subsidiary of the MPA. Nevertheless, PRS’s CEO Robert Ashcroft is also an exec director of the mechanicals collecting society, and he spoke at last week’s AGM. Ashcroft said that collaboration and consolidation was the future of royalty collection, referring not just to the alliance between PRS and MCPS, but also the increased collaboration between collecting societies and rights holders across Europe.

According to Billboard, he spoke about his vision of a “broad northern alliance” of European collecting societies, before discussing a new “strategic plan” which he is spearheading which “seeks to address the future of MCPS, the future of the alliance [between MCPS and PRS], and the future of the PRS in this newly competitive Europe”.