What’s your name and where do you come from?
My name is Ben Hogwood and I’m from Norwich - but with a bit of London thrown in. Now I live in Kent!

What does your role as Classical Repertoire Manager at PPL involve?
I am extremely fortunate to deal with classical music on a daily basis – whether it is the performers who make it, the rightsholders who release it, or the managers and administrators who are so important behind the scenes.

Fundamentally, my job aims to continually improve completeness and quality for repertoire and member data within the classical genre. This includes developing and refining processes and systems, while managing and providing general subject matter expertise to classical related repertoire data.

It also includes representing PPL externally at a wide range of events and meetings. PPL has a number of specialist repertoire managers for folk, jazz and other genres – I’m privileged to be the in-house classical music buff!

What is the most enjoyable part of your role? 
The job is most satisfying when the right money gets to the person or organisation that has earned it – and especially, for me, if that person is a retired or even deceased performer with a lasting legacy.

It is a real joy to see old recordings continuing to hold their own alongside the digital newcomers, as it shows there is room for everyone. One of my favourite stories was when an orchestral player phoned PPL to inform us of an error in their payment, that they had been paid too much – and we told them they were wrong.

They were incredibly happy!

What one piece of advice would you give a musician or performer to ensure they get paid for their work?
Make sure that you are registered with PPL as soon as you know you are going to be making a recording. Then all you should need to do is check you are correctly listed on all the recordings you have made.

Once you’ve done that, make sure you are signed with us for all international territories, as we have a world-leading collection service and you never know where your music might get played!

Have you got a favourite piece of classical music/composer?
My favourite pieces seem to change on an almost weekly basis, but I do always seem to come back to Steve Reich’s ‘Music for 18 Musicians’, which I’ve seen live at least five times.

It is one of the most inclusive and hypnotic pieces of music I’ve ever seen, and once you’ve seen it live you will never forget it! My favourite composer at a push would be Sibelius, especially as I once got to see his house near Helsinki, an experience that I will always treasure.