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Former peermusic managing director succeeds Guy Fletcher OBE
By Rhian Jones on 09 Jan 2017
Nigel Elderton, managing director and European president of peermusic, has succeeded Guy Fletcher OBE as chairman of Performing Right Society Limited.
At peermusic, Elderton worked with a global roster of songwriters and artists from Melanie C and Donovan, to Judge Jules, Cradle of Filth, Buddy Holly and Brendan Graham.
Elderton has worked with PRS for Music for 25 years and was first elected to the Board in 1992. He currently serves as a publisher director on the PRS Board and MCPS Board, as well as holding directorships at IMPEL and the Music Publishers Association, and is a former director of UK Music and founding trustee of the PRS for Music Foundation.
Discussing his new role, Elderton said: “It is a great honour to follow in the footsteps of such a rich succession of past chairmen including Guy Fletcher who has presided over such a successful chapter in PRS’ history. 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.
“I am extremely proud and honoured to be given the opportunity to serve as chairman and I look forward to working closely with Robert Ashcroft and my two deputy chairmen during what is undoubtedly one of the most challenging and pivotal times for the UK music industry.”
“I am extremely proud and honoured to be given the opportunity to serve as chairman and I look forward to working closely with Robert Ashcroft and my two deputy chairmen during what is undoubtedly one of the most challenging and pivotal times for the UK music industry, both at home and internationally.”
Elderton began his career at Chappell Music in 1975, joining EMI Music Publishing a year later where he remained for 12 years working in many areas of publishing both creatively and administratively.
He was named UK managing director of peermusic in 1992 and was subsequently appointed European president.
In 2005, Elderton was awarded the Gold Badge of Distinction by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) and in 2007, was invited to become a fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts (FRSA). Most recently, he was awarded the Music Publishers Association’s MPA Gold Badge for service to the music publishing industry.
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