PRS, PPL launch new scheme to monitor music in clubs

PRS for Music and PPL are launching a Music Recognition Technology (MRT) initiative with DJ Monitor to identify music publicly performed by DJs in clubs, bars, pubs and hotels.

Following an extensive supplier selection process, which included a trial in top London clubs Ministry of Sound and Fabric, DJ Monitor has been chosen as the preferred MRT supplier to conduct a pilot with a number of UK licensed premises.

The initiative aims to understand how the technology can be used to ensure royalty payments to performers, composers, songwriters, record labels and music publishers whose music is performed by DJs, are as accurate as possible.

Tony Colman aka London Elektricity, DJ and Hospital Records owner, said: ‘With the amount of amazing music that’s performed in public venues such as clubs and bars, it’s important we have the right technology in the right places so songwriters, publishers, artists and labels receive their well-deserved royalties.’

Simon Dunmore, Defected Records Managing Director and DJ, said: ‘The efficient collection of all income due to composers and producers has never been more needed. This work will go some distance towards a more accurate distribution for club plays.’

Lohan Presencer, Ministry of Sound Chairman, added: ‘We are supporting the initiative by hosting monitoring equipment in-house and would encourage other venues that are approached to do the same. This is about helping ensure the right people are paid for the music that keeps clubbers coming in.’

Both PRS for Music and PPL recognise there are opportunities and challenges to be explored, such as the technology’s costs and logistics. This initiative will help inform future decisions about a potential wider introduction of MRT into licensed premises.

Any venues that would like to take part should contact Project Manager Liz Kenneally at liz.kenneally@prsformusic.com.