Media Release: Scotland’s musicians invited to get in tune with the industry

WITH just over a month until the Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award and nearly a week until Radio 1’s Big Weekend, Glasgow will soon host a number of high-profile music events. Ahead of these, music licensing organisation, PPL, is hosting an event designed exclusively for those involved in the industry.

Held in association with the Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA), the free event will take place at the Scottish Music Centre on Monday 19th May and will allow Scottish performers to come together and discuss some of the key issues affecting the industry. The event will give musicians and performers the opportunity to share their experiences and seek advice from industry experts.

How the public consume music is rapidly changing. Recent figures by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry’s (IFPI) Recording Industry in Numbers 2014 report revealed that globally, performance rights revenues (from broadcasts and public performance) increased by 19 per cent in 2013, accounting for seven per cent of total record industry revenues (amounting to US $1.1 billion).

As the issue of music royalties becomes an increasingly important topic, PPL will use this event to explain how music licensing works. As a not-for-profit organisation, PPL are responsible for collecting and paying royalties to performers whose recorded work has been used in a public place e.g. bar, restaurant, sports centre, or broadcast and online.

Jonathan Morrish, director of PR and Corporate Communications at PPL, said:

There is a lot happening musically in Scotland this summer and it is great to be able to host an event specifically for those involved in the industry to ensure that they are making the most of it.

“Scotland has incredible music talent and it is important that everything is done to encourage and reward this. PPL works hard to support Scotland’s music community, be they a session musician, a member of a budding band or established singer, and we strongly believe that everyone who invests their time in making recorded music should be paid fairly for the use of their recordings.” 

Stewart Henderson, chair of the Scottish Music Industry Association, added:

“The Scottish Music Industry Association, through the establishment of The SAY Award and its subsequent partnership with PPL, aims to strengthen Scotland’s music industry by promoting an environment where our artists’ recorded output is celebrated and valued.

“The importance of rights protection and the administration of royalties for performing artists has never been felt more keenly; this event helps to raise awareness of PPL and the great work they do on behalf of Scottish recording artists and the SMIA is proud to have a voice at the heart of these discussions.”

The free event will take place from 5-7pm and must be booked in advance. To reserve a place or for more information, please contact

Please note, spaces are limited.

PPL is sponsoring this year’s Scottish Album of The Year Awards which take place at The Barrowlands on Thursday the 19th of June.

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Contact: Grant Thomson