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PRS for Music's Centenary Exhibition.
Celebrating 100 years of great music

6th - 12th March 2014

The Performing Right Society, now PRS for Music, was founded on 6 March 1914 to protect copyright and provide an income for music creators and their publishers. Spurred on by the 1911 Copyright Act, renowned music publishers William Boosey and Oliver Hawkes came together to license businesses that played music, passing the royalties onto songwriters and composers.

One hundred years ago, against the backdrop of the First World War, the organisation was formed with one member: operatic soprano sensation, Liza Lehmann. Today, it boasts over 100,000 members in the UK, represents two million worldwide and contributes to a music industry worth £3.8 billion. It licenses thousands of businesses in the UK to use music including the likes of festivals, pubs and restaurants, broadcasters and music streaming services, collecting £641.8 million in music royalties last year.

While the world of music has changed enormously in the last century – from sheet music to streaming – one thing hasn't changed: PRS for Music's commitment to ensuring songwriters and composers are recognised and paid fairly for their work.

PRS for Music members are some of the most influential and popular songwriters of all time. This exhibition recognises some of the world's most prolific songwriters and composers who have helped to shape the musical landscape we know and love today.

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