Top music industry role for Aylesbury Friars founder David Stopps

Aylesbury Friars founder David Stopps has been elected by music industry performers to represent their rights.

Thursday, 28th November 2019, 2:17 pm
Updated Thursday, 28th November 2019, 2:18 pm
Left to right  John Smith (PPL Chairman), David Stopps, Roxanne de Bastion (Singer/Songwriter), Peter Leathem (PPL CEO), Sarah Mitchell (PPL Head of Customer Services)
Left to right John Smith (PPL Chairman), David Stopps, Roxanne de Bastion (Singer/Songwriter), Peter Leathem (PPL CEO), Sarah Mitchell (PPL Head of Customer Services)

Together with singer/songwriter Roxanne de Bastion, Mr Stopps was elected as a PPL Director, to represent 90,000 music performers who are registered at PPL (Public Performance Ltd)

British organisation PPL, with annual turnover of over 250 million pounds, is the second largest recording and performer rights collective management organisation in the world, the largest being Sound Exchange in USA.

Every time music is played in public either by broadcasting or when music is played in a public place (like a shopping centre, club, football match or a hairdressers) the owner of the business needs a license from PPL.

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PPL also collects on behalf of its record company and performer members worldwide.

50% of the money collected goes to the record company that owns the recording and the other 50% is split between the performers that played on the recording.

Mr Stopps, who together with wife Sue also led the crowdfunding campaign for Aylesbury's David Bowie statue, said: “Since I first started representing performers at PPL in 2008, I have been particularly focussed on boosting international performer income. In other words getting international money in for PPL performers when British music is played in other territories.

"We’re still getting nothing from India, China, Australia and New Zealand but we’re working on it. When I first started on the board of PPL 11 years ago international performer collections were £7M per annum. Last year they were over £63M so we’re making progress.

"Of course it really helps having such amazing artists as Lewis Capaldi, George Ezra, Clean Bandit, Adele, Ed Sheeran and Coldplay doing so well outside UK.”

Mr Stopps will serve as director for three years.