Written evidence submitted by PPL
Thank you for your letter dated 4 November
2009 with enclosure.
Yes, indeed, my colleagues and I are very keen
and will be only too pleased to respond to the assertions made
by Andrew Harrison on behalf of RadioCentre.
In the meantime, I would just like to point
out that the rights in relation to broadcast and public performance
of recorded music which are vested in PPL by its 5,000 record
company members and 42,000 individual performer members,
are fundamentally important and the PPL income streams absolutely
crucial to all our constituents.
Crocodile tears are often shed by many who purport
to talk on behalf of "small businesses". It is interesting
to note that these small businesses invariably pay 30p (thirty
pence) or less per day for the privilege of having access to the
entire vast library of recorded music from the entire world. I
hope you would agree that this is not a price which could be described
as unreasonable, let along excessive by any stretch of the imagination.
By contrast, I would also like to draw your
attention to the fact that 90% of the tens of thousands of individual
performers registered with PPL earn from music less than £15,000 per
year. This is not a demonstration of the musicians' desire or
determination to be martyrs but rather, it is a reflection of
their passion for music which is in their hearts and souls. Because
of their poor earnings from their music-related activities, many
performers have to supplement their annual earnings by doing other
jobs including cleaning, child minding, cab driving, etc., etc.
As a private individual, I think you might possibly
agree with me if I say that the situation outlined above is a
sad reflection on our society and an indictment of which we should
not be proud.
As far as the record companies are concerned,
the vast majority of them (numerically speaking) are independent
record labels and therefore, very small businesses in their own
right. Their reliance on PPL income from broadcast, public performance
and other sources is increasing each year. The importance of the
PPL income streams to all our constituents cannot be overstated
as it has now become a crucial factor in making it possible for
some degree of continued annual investment to take place as far
as finding, nurturing and developing new talent and making new
recordings is concerned.
Once again, thank you for writing and we shall
be delighted to respond fully in due course.
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer