PPL is the music licensing company which, on behalf of 45,000 performers and 5,750 record companies, licenses the use of recorded music in the UK. This enables TV and radio stations, online streaming services and hundreds of thousands of shops, pubs and others to use recorded music in their businesses. PPL’s net distributable revenue to members was approx £124.1M in 2010.
AIM is a trade body established in 1999 to provide a collective voice for the UK's independent music industry. AIM represents over 800 member companies, from the largest and most respected labels in the World, to small start-ups and individual artists releasing their own music for the first time. AIM promotes this exciting and diverse sector globally and provides a range of services to members, enabling member companies to grow, grasp new opportunities and break into new markets.
Merlin is a non-profit organisation charged with representing independent music companies in enhancing the commercial exploitation of their copyrights on a global basis with members in over 25 countries. Merlin is the first rights body focusing purely on the interests of the global independent music sector, which collectively represents 30% of all music sales. With a globally representative board elected by its community, Merlin ensures that independents finally have a vehicle which can protect and enhance the strength, diversity and unique interests of its members and enhance their ability to compete and access new revenue streams in the ever changing world of digital music.
PRS for Music is home to the world's best music writers, composers and publishers. Formed as The MCPS-PRS Alliance in 1997 with the PRS for Music brand adopted in 2009, the organisation brings together two royalty collection societies; MCPS and PRS. "We exist to collect and pay royalties to our members when their music is exploited in one of a number of ways – when it is recorded onto any format and distributed to the public, performed or played in public, broadcast or made publicly available online." PRS for Music is one of the world’s most efficient combined rights collecting operations. Offering its members more money, more often, at less cost and its customers the most efficient means by which they can use music.
In addition to all national artists and producers, Sena also represents international top acts including Phil Collins, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, James Morrison, Ida Engberg and Christina Aguilera. Sena has two main functions. The first is to grant licences on behalf of the rightholders to companies or organisations that use music, and to collect the associated fees. Sena’s second job is to ensure that the fees are correctly distributed among the artists and producers.
Established in 1969, the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia Limited is a national, non government, non-profit organisation that represents the interest of record companies and Australian recording artists. PPCA grant licences for the broadcast, communication or public playing of recorded music (e.g. CDs, records and digital downloads) or music videos. They then distribute the licence fees they collect to the record labels and Australian recording artists registered with them, under their Distribution Policy.
AVLA administers licensing in Canada for the reproduction of sound recordings and reproduction and broadcast of music videos on behalf of copyright owners (usually, record companies). AVLA's licences ensure that owners receive compensation for use of their sound recordings and music videos. In Canada, all the major record companies, many independent labels, artists and producers are AVLA members. Our members own or control the copyright in 95% of all sound recordings and music videos produced and/or distributed in Canada. AVLA also pays out neighbouring rights and private copying remuneration for eligible sound recordings.