PPL records its largest ever annual international collection

PPL’s international collections grew 3 per cent in 2017 to a record £49.6 million. The past decade sees 726% growth in PPL’s annual international collections from £6 million to £49.6 million.

Music licensing organisation PPL has announced that in 2017 it achieved its largest ever annual international collection of £49.6million.  This represented growth of 3 per cent on the total achieved in 2016 (£48.3 million – which had been a 32% growth on 2015). The growth in 2017 follows impressive longer-term growth for this element of PPL’s business; from collecting £6 million just over a decade ago in 2006 to £49.6 million in 2017. During this period, PPL collected over £355 million internationally for performers and record companies.

PPL’s international collections business collects monies overseas for the playing or broadcast of recorded music on TV, radio, some online streaming services and in public, as well as for private copying. These international collections are an important revenue stream for performers and record companies. With 87 international collection agreements now in place in 41 countries across Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America, PPL receives over a third of all performer neighbouring rights payments moving between collective management organisations (CMOs) globally. 

New international collection agreements were agreed in the final quarter of 2017 with Slovgram in Slovakia and SAMPRA in South Africa whilst a further agreement was signed with AGATA in Lithuania in early 2018.  Notable payments were received in 2017 from Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands and the US, whilst there was significant growth in payments from Poland and the Republic of Korea.

PPL’s continued international growth throughout the last decade can be attributed to a number of factors: collaborative working with international CMOs through direct and open relationships; sustained investment in technology and the organisation’s data capabilities which help improve efficiency and data exchange with other CMOs; PPL’s scale and high level of collections which enable the company to have efficient currency management processes in place to deliver optimal revenues for members; and a team of specialist experts with in-depth knowledge of the often complex neighbouring rights landscape.

Peter Leathem, Chief Executive, PPL said: “I am delighted and very proud to announce that PPL has once again delivered a year of growth in 2017 with this record annual collection.  International growth continues to be a key focus of the business as we continue to evolve our operations and drive forward our global engagement.  The fact that our annual international collections have increased by over £43 million in just over a decade since 2006 shows the ability, drive and commitment PPL has to maximising revenues for our performer and record company members.”

Laurence Oxenbury, Director of International, PPL said:  We would not be able to grow our international collections  without the UK music industry’s current creative output being in so much demand all over the world, so our achievements in 2017 help to highlight the strength of the UK music industry.  I would also particularly like to thank all of the CMOs with which we have agreements for their collaborative work with us, allowing us to deliver growth in 2017. Our focus on improving rights management processes and raising global standards for data quality with our international CMO partners has already supported our increased collections and will continue to do so in the years ahead.”

Amanda Carmichael, Head of International, PPL said: “Without the highly-skilled teams of people at PPL with a wealth of expertise and tenacity, these continued record collections would not be possible.  Their understanding of neighbouring rights is truly impressive, as is their passion to give back to the creators of and investors in music. We have hit the ground running again in 2018 with a continued focus on delivering the best possible service and outcomes to our members whilst striving to maintain strong relationships with our CMO partners around the world.”


For further information or interviews, please contact:

Clive Drew, PPL 0207 534 1262 / 07703 729095

clive.drew@ppluk.com