December 9 2013 Latest news:
Friday, October 11, 2013
Among today’s Norwich Sound + Vision conference events is a session by PPL, an organisation which stands up for artists’ music rights.
Christine Geissmar, PPL director of operations, said: “PPL exists to ensure that those who invest their time, talent and money to make recorded music are fairly paid for their work. We license recorded music played in public, then distribute the licence fees to our performer and record company members and do not retain a profit for our services.
“Our performer outreach sessions at events like Norwich Sound + Vision are particularly important, now more so than ever, as the government rightly continues to acknowledge the creative individuals and industries that together contribute over £36 billion annually to the UK economy, and the importance of valuing their intellectual property rights. We hope that our panel discussion featuring renowned industry figures will allow local performers, artists and record labels to really understand the role that PPL can play in helping them to maximise their earnings in a challenging landscape as well as supporting the wider creative economy.”
The event’s host is Keith Harris, PPL director of performer affairs, who started work in the music industry in 1974. He has worked with stars including Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and Smokey Robinson, and still represents Stevie Wonder.
• PPL’s performer session - in partnership with Featured Artist Coalition - is from noon until 1.30pm today at Norwich Arts Centre. Visit www.norwichsoundandvision.co.uk