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Profile of registrant

Phonographic Performance Limited

Identification number in the register: 20379155588-27
Registration date: 31/03/11 19:39:05

The information on this organisation was last modified on 28/03/14 19:10:20
The date of the last annual update was 28/03/14 19:10:20

Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: Phonographic Performance Limited
Acronym: PPL
Legal status: Company Limited by Guarantee
Website address:


Section: II - In-house lobbyists and trade/professional associations
and more precisely: Companies & groups

Person with legal responsibility

Surname, Name: Mr  Peter Leathem
Position: CEO

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Mr  David Harmsworth
Position: Director of Legal & Business Affairs

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: 1 Upper James St 
London W1F 9DE
Telephone number: (+44) 2075341000
Fax number: (+) 
Other contact information:

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: PPL is the UK-based music licensing company which licenses recorded music to be played in public or broadcast (including online). Established in 1934, PPL carries out this role on behalf of its tens of thousands of record company and performer members.

PPL licenses hundreds of thousands of businesses and organisations from all sectors across the UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man who play recorded music to their staff or customers and who therefore require a licence by law. These can range from pubs, bars, nightclubs and hotels to shops, offices, factories, gyms, schools, universities and local authorities. PPL also licenses music service providers to copy recorded music for services such as in-store music systems, jukeboxes, fitness compilations and in-flight entertainment systems.

PPL also operates an International service, used by many of its members. Through over 65 agreements with music licensing companies globally, PPL is able to collect licensing revenue from the use of its members’ recorded music around the world. Under these agreements with other music licensing companies, PPL also acts on behalf of their members to collect their UK licensing revenue.

After the deduction of PPL’s operating costs, the revenue collected by PPL is distributed to its members based on information about the music used by licensees and the data contained in the PPL Repertoire Database, which holds the details of the millions of recorded music tracks covered by PPL’s licences.

PPL has a large and diverse membership. Members include major record companies and globally successful performers, as well as many independent record companies, sole traders, session musicians and emerging artists – all of whom are legally entitled to be fairly paid for the use of their work.
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • global

Number of persons engaged in activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register

Number of persons: 2
Complementary information:

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

No accredited persons


Main EU initiatives covered the year before by activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register:

PPL licenses on behalf of performers and record companies and provides vital revenue for music and for investment in future creativity and innovation. We are engaged in any issue at European level which affects the licensing of recorded music. PPL aims to work closely with the EU institutions towards a legal and regulatory framework in which artists, session musicians and record producers can receive a fair reward for their work.

Fields of interest for e-mail alerts on consultations and roadmaps;

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • Audiovisual and Media
  • Competition
  • Consumer Affairs
  • Culture
  • Enterprise
  • Information Society
  • Internal Market
  • Trade


Information on (i) organisation's membership of any associations/federations/confederations or (ii) relationships to other bodies in formal or informal networks.

Financial data

Financial year: 01/2013 - 01/2014
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year: < 50000  €
Amount and source of funding received from the EU institutions in financial year n-1 of registration
Procurement: 0 €
Grants: 0 €
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.