Music licensing company PPL has reported its highest-ever annual revenues as it paid out to a record number of musicians and rights holders.
Public performance and dubbing income increased by £3 million (3%) to £92.3 million in 2018, up from £89.3 million in 2017.
PPL UK’s revenue from the use of recorded music across licensed broadcast and online platforms grew from £79.9 million in 2017 to £83.6 million in 2018, an increase of £3.7 million (5%). This growth in collections was due in part to the commercial radio sector seeing an increase in its advertising revenue, of which PPL receives a percentage as a licence fee.
Peter Leathem, Chief Executive Officer at PPL said, “2018 was another positive year for collections at PPL with us seeing growth in each of our revenue streams and a 13% growth overall to £246.8 million. At the same time we have continued to grow the number of performers and recording rightsholders that benefit from our collections, with us surpassing 100,000 individuals or companies being paid during 2018. In 2019 we will continue to invest in our people, our technology and our data, and with further innovation will aim to deliver another year of high quality service to our members.”
In 2018 PPL UK also distributed money to 105,192 performers and recording rightsholders, the first time that PPL has ever paid over 100,000 individuals or companies in a single financial year – up from 98,012 in 2017. This was split into 94,750 performers and 10,442 recording rightsholders
PPL’s international collection business grew by £21.3 million (43%) to £70.9 million, up from £49.6 million in 2017.
PPL UK now has 92 agreements in place with collective management organisations around the world. Such agreements allow PPL to collect duties where its members’ repertoire is used overseas in the territories covered by those collective management organisations, such as for radio or TV broadcasting, cable retransmission, public performance, private copying or dubbing.
Early in 2018 PPL transferred its public performance licensing operations to PPL PRS Ltd, a joint venture between PPL and PRS for Music to license the use of music in public places (shops, bars, nightclubs, offices etc). The year saw a number of licence deals with major TV broadcasters and TV programme distributors.