PPL celebrates record revenues for 2014 at AGM

PPL, the company responsible for collecting and distributing licensing revenues on behalf of performers and record companies for the use of their recordings, announced its 2014 financial results at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 3 June at King’s Place, London.

  • Overall collections and distributable income reaches an all-time high; £187.1 million and £161.2 million respectively 
  •  Year-on-year growth achieved across all revenue streams: Public Performance £76.7 million (+10%); International £36.4 million (+6%); Broadcast and Online £74 million (+1%) 
  • Agreements with international collective management organisations (CMOs) increase by nine to 75 
  • PPL increases performer representation on Board 

The results show that income reached an all-time high of £187.1 million, a 6% uplift on 2013, with year-on-year growth delivered across all UK and International income streams, highlighting PPL’s commitment to deliver the best service possible to its members. Distributable revenues were also up 6% on the previous year to a record £161.2 million. The AGM, was hosted by Chairman Fran Nevrkla OBE and featured renowned novelist Phillip Pullman as the keynote speaker. 

Revenue from the public performance of music across the UK increased by 10% to £76.7 million, continuing the pattern of strong growth in this area over a number of years.  PPL grew Public Performance revenues by increasing licensing activity across a range of key sectors, whilst raising awareness of the value of music, and also continuing improvements to internal systems and processes. 

International collections increased by 6% to £36.4 million in 2014This was achieved despite a decline in the value of key currencies; from a currency neutral perspective PPL grew International collections by 12%. In 2014, PPL continued to invest in expanding its global reach, with nine additional agreements signed with international CMOs during 2014, taking the total to 75.  In addition PPL continued to play a leading role in driving initiatives with CMOs in other territories to streamline data exchange and IT systems. 

Broadcast and Online revenue grew by 1% in 2014 to £74 million.  This was largely achieved through a return to growth in commercial radio revenues.  In the commercial television sector, where long-term licensing agreements are in place with all of the major broadcasters, revenue was flat year-on-year following some exceptional payments in 2013 that were not repeated in 2014.

Peter Leathem, PPL CEO said: “2014 has been a very good year for PPLs members. We collected more revenue across all areas of our business in the UK and internationally, and also paid out more of that revenue faster, to more members than ever before. 

"We’re not resting on our laurels though, and will continue to invest in our systems and technologies to maximise revenues on behalf of our members. At the same time we are also rapidly progressing our joint working with PRS for Music in the UK and a whole range of CMOs overseas as we continue to seek more efficient and effective ways of working.“ 

Additionally, the 2015 AGM saw a motion to change the Board structure approved. The change in structure means that the total number of Performer Directors will increase from five to six (sitting alongside eight record company directors, two executive directors from PPL’s management, and one non-industry director). The election of the new Elected Performer Director will take place at PPL’s Annual Performer Meeting in 2016.

Also at the event, Chairman Fran Nevrkla announced that he will be retiring at the end of 2015, following 15 years with the company. Fran started at PPL in 2000, initially as Chairman and CEO, before assuming the Chairman role outright in 2012.

Peter Leathem, who has been CEO since 2012, added: “Fran has presided over the most radical transformation of PPL in its 81 year history and also its most successful period as a company, overseeing 15 years of significant revenue growth. As a former professional violinist and record company executive he has worked tirelessly and with complete determination to do the best job possible for all of PPL’s record company and performer members. He has created the modern day PPL that myself and my team will aim to continue to drive forward. I would like to say a massive thank you to Fran from everyone at PPL for all that has been achieved and to wish him all the very best for his retirement.”

To read a copy of our CEOs speech, please visit our news page

To read a copy of our Chairman's speech, please visit our news page 

Notes to editors

For a full run down of PPL’s achievements in 2014, please download a copy of the Annual Review here 

PPL: 2014 in numbers

  • 7 million+ sound recordings
  • 61,310 Performers and recording rightsholders paid
  • 350,000+Licensed Public Performance sites
  • 2,000+Licensed Broadcast and Online channels
  • 62 Public Performance tariffs
  • 75 International agreements
  • £187.1m Revenue collected
  • £161.2m Distributable revenue

About PPL

PPL is the music licensing company which works on behalf of record companies and performers to license recorded music played in public (at pubs, nightclubs, restaurants, shops, offices and many other business types) and broadcast (on TV, radio and online) across the UK. Our members include major record labels and independents as well as globally successful performers and session musicians, ranging from orchestral players to percussionists and singers. The majority are small businesses, all of whom are legally entitled to be fairly paid for the use of their recordings and performances. 

PPL also operates an international royalty collection service. With 75 international agreements with other international collecting societies - or Collective Management Organisations (CMOS) as they are sometimes referred to – PPL helps members to get paid when their music is played internationally. ppluk.com / @PPLUK.

After the deduction of PPL’s running costs, all licence fee income is distributed to members. PPL does not retain a profit for its services.