Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Nigel Elderton appointed as PRS chair

4:59, 9th January 2017

Nigel Elderton, managing director and European president of peermusic, is to succeed Guy Fletcher OBE as chair of PRS.

First elected to the PRS Board in 1992, Elderton has worked with PRS for Music for 25 years and currently serves as a publisher director on the PRS Board and MCPS Board. He also holds directorships at IMPEL and the Music Publishers Association (MPA), is a former UK Music director and founding trustee of the PRS for Music Foundation.

With over 40 years’ experience in the music industry, Elderton began his career at Chappell Music in 1975 and joined EMI Music Publishing a year later where he remained for the next 12 years. He accepted the role of UK managing director of peermusic in 1992, and was subsequently appointed European President.

In 2005, he was awarded Basca’s Gold Badge of Distinction, and in 2007 was invited to become a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts. In 2015 he became the recipient of the MPA’s highest honour, the MPA Gold Badge, in recognition of his service to the music publishing industry.

‘I believe that the experience and knowledge I have obtained while working closely with PRS for Music, MCPS and IMPEL over the years will be invaluable in helping me guide our board and serve the organisation through its next chapter on behalf of all PRS’ composer, songwriter and publisher members,’ Elderton said.

Describing himself as ‘extremely proud and honoured’ to be appointed, he acknowledged that he would be working during ‘what is undoubtedly one of the most challenging and pivotal times for the UK music industry, both at home and internationally.’

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