Kasabian welcome PPL PRS Ltd to their hometown of Leicester

April marked the official launch of PPL PRS Ltd in Leicester – home to Kasabian, Felix Buxton (Basement Jaxx), Engelbert Humperdinck and so many more household music names.

The new music licensing company is a joint venture between PPL and PRS for Music and brings to an end the need for businesses and organisations to purchase separate licences for the playing of recorded music in public.

Kasabian welcomed the launch of the company saying “Proud to have you in our hometown. Thanks for everything you do to help artists. Love Sergio, Tom and Chris.”

The launch event took place on 11 April and was attended by the Mayor of Leicester, Sir Peter Soulsby, former Three Degrees singer, Sheila Ferguson, and a number of local business leaders and music industry figures including Steve Levine and Barry Blue.

Held at PPL PRS’ home, Mercury Place in Leicester, guests were given a tour of the offices. Emerging Leicester artist, Magique, who has recently featured on BBC Music Introducing, provided entertainment for the 100 guests attending the event.

The 200-person company is equally owned by the two CMOs and has been created to provide customers with a streamlined service, a single point of contact, and one licence covering both companies’ respective rights, thereby simplifying the administration and making it easier to play music in public. The new joint licence is called TheMusicLicence.

Ahead of this landmark moment for the music industry, Music Week Editor, Mark Sutherland, conducted an exclusive interview with Peter Leathem (PPL CEO), Robert Ashcroft (PRS for Music CEO) and Suzanne Smith (PPL PRS Ltd Managing Director).

You can read the full press release for the launch event here.