Music Licencing company PPL announces charity partnership with Music for Youth

Music licensing company PPL has partnered with the national youth music organisation and registered charity, Music for Youth (MFY), to support an engaging annual programme of music education and engagement for young people. Founded in 1934, PPL is the UK music industry’s collective management organisation (CMO) for tens of thousands of performers and record companies. They license recorded music in the UK when it is played in public (shops, bars, nightclubs, offices etc.) or broadcast (BBC, commercial radio, commercial TV etc.) and ensure that revenue flows back to its' members. These include both independent and major record companies, together with performers ranging from emerging grassroots artists through to established session musicians and influential festival headliners. PPL’s public performance licensing is now carried out on PPL’s behalf by PPL PRS Ltd, the new joint venture between PPL and PRS for Music. Music for Youth believes in the power of music to transform young people’s lives. We run performance-based festivals and events across the UK for approximately 60,000 young people aged 21 and under each year. Music for Youth works primarily with schools, Music Education Hubs - groups of organisations including music education providers, local authorities, schools and Music Services, which support the delivery of music education - and other music providers, such as community-based music groups and young musicians making music outside of the school setting. PPL will specifically support two of Music for Youth's initiatives - the Frequencies programme and MFY Contemporary Regional Festivals (formerly RPU Festivals) – both of which seek to provide opportunities for progression and a performance platform for young musicians, as well as offering pathways to careers in the music and creative industries. Judith Webster, Chief Executive of Music for Youth welcomed the partnership with PPL: “We are delighted that PPL will be supporting our work to create opportunities for talented young musicians of all backgrounds, and in particular our work with urban and contemporary artists. This is an exciting area of development for us as we move towards our 50th Anniversary in 2020, and aims to reflect the interests and needs of young people UK-wide. With the funding climate being so challenging for arts and education charities, PPL’s support is crucial and makes a real difference.” Peter Leathem, Chief Executive Officer at PPL commented: “PPL is proud to be supporting Music for Youth in 2018. Their passion for ensuring young people have the chance to participate in high-quality musical activities regardless of background or musical style is fantastic to see. We are glad to be joining the likes of the National Union of Teachers, Vivendi, Unity Trust Bank and Trinity College London as sponsors and we look forward to supporting their work nurturing the next generation of musical talent.”

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