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UD Low Down: Industry Takeover Series: How To Get Paid With PPL, June 26th @ Talent House

The Industry Takeover Series returned to Talent House in June, as we upped our knowledge with How To Get Paid with PPL. Tumi Mary Ogundamisi reports…

Following a short break, UD’s Industry Takeover series returned for summer. First up in June was supporting artists, musicians, and others in understanding the often unspoken (but very important) side of the music industry: getting paid. This is another one of many insightful events UD has hosted over the years to support professional development, networking, and providing opportunities for up-and-coming creatives across the industry.

I joined members and other attendees in a session led by Titania Altius, Head of Member Services at PPL, to learn more about how PPL works and the ultimate question, how to get paid.

As an artist in this ever-adapting music scene, navigating the complexities of the music business can be challenging. In today’s session, we had an informative and interactive discussion unpacking these concepts. Titania addressed an intimate group of artists, musicians, producers, and creatives at various stages of their careers, providing insight into the ever crucial services of PPL (Phonographic Performance Limited) and PRS (Performing Rights Society). To recap, PPL is the UK’s music licensing company for over 140,000 performers and recording rightsholders. They have been licensing the use of recorded music in the UK since 1934. PRS for Music is a world-leading collective management organisation, representing the rights of more than 175,000 members and a repertoire of over 42 million musical works.

Titania expertly delved into the history and mission of PPL, emphasising its role in ensuring fair compensation for artists. She guided us step-by-step through the free process of joining PPL, encouraging attendees to sign up and offering support and answers to questions. Using examples such as Stormzy, who fulfills multiple roles in music production, Titania illustrated how compensation can vary between PPL and PRS, highlighting the complexities faced by multifaceted artists. This was particularly relevant for our group of attendees, many of whom are DJs, producers, rappers, and performers all in one – showcasing the growing independence in music production.

Titania also covered the various ways PPL supports artists, from music played in shops to live performances, and addressed global music trends while welcoming questions for clarity. The session explored crucial aspects for performers such as taxes, cost rates, and navigating the competitive market, as well as insights into distribution and eligibility as a producer.

In this supportive environment, attendees were inspired to review their past work to claim any missed licenses and consider the importance of maintaining ownership, echoing Titania’s emphasis on ensuring proper credit for young artists in their music.

Following this engaging discussion, attendees naturally engaged in conversations, sharing their craft and experiences. I had the pleasure of speaking with several producers who joyfully exchanged beats and listened to each other’s projects, finding community in their shared passion for music. As always, UD facilitated connections, collaborations, and upliftment, making this takeover event invaluable for artists and shaping the future sound.

The next Industry Takeover Series event will take place at Talent House on Wednesday 31st July. Tickets are only £5 (no booking fee) or free to members from UDtickets.com.

Words: Tumi Mary Ogundamisi

Photography: Kat Friar

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