Nigel Elderton, managing director and European president of peermusic, will succeed Guy Fletcher OBE as chairman of Performing Right Society Limited.
First elected to the PRS Board in 1992, Nigel has worked with PRS for Music for 25 years and currently serves as a publisher director on the PRS Board and MCPS Board. Nigel also holds directorships at IMPEL and the Music Publishers Association (MPA), is a former UK Music director and founding trustee of the PRS for Music Foundation.
At peermusic, Nigel has worked with an impressive global roster of emerging, established and heritage songwriters and artists from Melanie C and Donovan, to Judge Jules, Cradle of Filth, Buddy Holly and Brendan Graham. peermusic was also the first company to publish songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, and early works by iconic bands such as Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones and The Pretty Things.
With over 40 years’ experience in the music industry, Nigel began his career at Chappell Music in 1975 and joined EMI Music Publishing a year later where he remained for the next 12 years working in many areas of publishing both creatively and administratively.
Nigel 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, both at home and internationally.’
In 2005, Nigel 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). More recently, Nigel was awarded the MPA’s highest honour, the MPA Gold Badge for distinguished service to the music publishing industry.
Read our recent feature on Guy Fletcher and his career as a songwriter and as PRS chairman.