Printed Music Licensing Ltd represents the rights of music publishers. On their behalf we license the photocopying of sheet music.
With over 135 music publisher members Printed Music Licensing Ltd (PMLL) provides licences, on behalf of its members, to copy and arrange (within strict terms and conditions) sheet music for use within education and for Amateur Choirs.
PMLL is part of the Music Publishers Association Group (MPA Group). British Music Publishers invest in musical copyrights by supporting songwriters, authors and composers and generates over a quarter of the UK music industry’s £2.6 billion in export revenue.
PMLL’s first collective licence was made available to schools in the UK from 1 April 2013. The Schools Printed Music Licence (SPML) covers schools within the United Kingdom to copy and arrange sheet music as pert of education. In September 2019 PMLL launched a trial licence for Amateur Choirs. PMLL also launched a trial licence for Music Services in April 2020 and for Higher Education in August 2020.
It is PMLL’s job to obtain mandates to issue licences from the copyright owners of printed music and distribute royalties to those copyright owners. We also monitor the market to ensure that our licences provide a benefit to copyright owners, and to see whether licences should be changed or new licences developed in order to benefit copyright owners. If you own the copyright in printed music publications and would like to know more about what we do, please contact PMLL’s General Manager Viki Smith.
Music publishers who wish to join PMLL are asked to sign a mandate form to authorise PMLL to licence the publishers’ repertoire in accordance with the SPML (and other licensing schemes). Under the Schools Printed Music Licence (SPML), schools can then copy and reuse this content. Publishers can specifically request repertoire to be excluded from the scheme. The current list of excluded works can be found by clicking Schools Printed Music Licence excluded works list.
If you represent a school in the UK and your school makes copies of printed music then you need our licence.
Michelle BrownDesignated Director
Paul ClementsMPA Group CEO
Philip FloodPMLL Non-Executive Director
Tom FarncombePrint Music Director
Rachel LindleyPrint Music Director
Chris ButlerNon-Designated Director
Simon PlatzNon-Designated Directors
Jackie AlwayDesignated Director
The Legal Issues & Anti-Piracy Group is joint group between the MPA and PMLL. It meets ad hoc, as and when needed, to consider specific legal issues facing publisher members and the MPA’s anti-piracy strategy and activities.
The group provides an opportunity for publishers to collectively raise, discuss and assist in resolving legal issues as they are encountered and as such it is run as a practical, problem-solving group.
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Printed Music Licensing Ltd
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Philip Flood has been Director at Sound Connections since 2010. Sound Connections is a sector support charity, working with music, arts, and heritage organisations across the UK. Funded by Youth Music it has a strategic role to support organisations become more inclusive in their governance, workforce and programming. Over the last seven years he has developed a successful consultancy strand with clients including Arts Council England, British Council, English Heritage, Live Music Now, National Youth Jazz Orchestra and the Wigmore Hall.
Prior to this he was Head of the London Symphony Orchestra’s Discovery programme and oversaw projects in the local community and national and international tours and residencies. He was responsible for commissioning a range of composers as well as working with a roster of international conductors and soloists.
He was Education Director at Spitalfields Music for seven years, working alongside composers Diana Burrell, Jonathan Dove and Judith Weir directing projects across Tower Hamlets and East London.
After graduating from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama he ran creative music-making projects for venues, schools and community organisations before completing a PGCE in secondary music. He then spent seven years working at a large inner London Further Education College where he was Head of Music and Media.
He is currently a Trustee of the Music Education Council, the umbrella body for all UK organisations connected with music education, and an advisor for PRS for Music Foundation.
Tom is Strategic Partnerships Director at Hal Leonard Europe (HLE), which is part of the Hal Leonard Group of companies, the world’s largest source for music publications. Hal Leonard represents the catalogues of Sony/ATV, UMPG, BMG, Kobalt, Concord, peermusic, Disney Music Group and many other publishers in print and digital media.
Tom was previously Managing Editor for the Music Sales Group, and has overseen hundreds of official printed music products for artists including Led Zeppelin, Björk, Bob Dylan, Adele and David Bowie.
Tom has a master’s degree in music from Goldsmiths College, University of London and recently completed a master’s degree in Entertainment Law, graduating with distinction from the University of Westminster, London. He is a director of the Music Industries Association, a frequent contributor to Music Publishers Association training courses and a gigging bass player.
Paul is an experienced senior-level executive in the music industry with a strong commercial background in licensing and administering intellectual property rights. After graduating with a Bsc (Hons) degree in Mathematics & Management Studies from Queen Mary London University, Paul worked for a short period of time at Thomas Cook’s headquarters, where he worked in the foreign currency trading team before embarking on a 22-year career at PRS for Music.
While working for PRS for Music, he worked on MCPS business for 15 years, before focusing his efforts on Performing Rights licensing, Membership and International.
He is renowned as an astute, dynamic and a highly skilled negotiator and has a proven track record for delivering significant revenue growth through expert negotiations, business transformation and the establishment of strategic joint ventures with industry partners.
Paul became CEO of the MPA Group on 1 February 2019 and is thrilled to be leading the MPA, MCPS and PMLL at a time in which we face as many opportunities, as we do challenges.
Jackie Alway is Universal Music Publishing’s SVP International Legal and Industry Affairs. Jackie joined UMP in 2007 following the acquisition of BMG Music Publishing, where she was Director of Commercial Affairs. Jackie’s current role includes multi-territorial digital licensing and society, industry and public policy issues for the world ex-North America. She has 25 years’ experience as a music publisher and is a Solicitor having graduated in Law from Cambridge University.
Jackie replaced Paul Connelly as Universal’s Designated Director on the MPA Board in 2013 and was elected by the board as the Chair of the MPA board in 2015, taking over from Chris Butler. Jackie is also a Board member of PRS, MCPS, PMLL, IMPA and UK Music. Jackie stepped down at the Chair of the MPA in July 2019 and was appointed as chair of MCPS in September 2020.
Simon Platz graduated from Sussex University in 1979. Various jobs followed from bus driver, publican, BBC scene shifter to managing Eddie Edwards after the 1988 winter Olympics!
Simon joined the family firm of Essex Music in 1984. Essex had been founded by Simon’s father David in the 1950’s. The Essex catalogue of titles by the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Marc Bolan and Joe Cocker and is the backbone to Bucks Music Group’s current operation.
Essex was demerged soon after Simon joined. Simon’s own company Bucks Music Group Limited now administers the family company and is very active in acquiring further rights.
Simon has embraced contemporary client and catalogue acquisitions ranging from pioneer artists such as Roni Size, Matthew Herbert, DJ Fresh & Brian Eno, whilst courting the commercial side of the pop world having hits with the likes of Beyonce, Shakira, Kanye West, Rudimental, Jay Sean and The Prodigy.
Bucks Music’s film and TV connections include David Arnold, Michael Price, Rachel Portman, Ed Butt and Richard G Mitchell and songs used in films such as ‘Blade 2’, ‘About A Boy’, ‘Buffalo Soldier’ and more recently; “Sherlock”, “Calvary” & “One Day”.
He is a Director of the Music Publishers Association‚ PRS For Music, MCPS, PMLL & IMPEL and a Trustee of Heart N Soul, a disability arts group based at the Albany in Deptford. He is also a Trustee of the PRS Foundation
Richard joined Faber Music as Commissioning Editor (print) in 1989 and has been CEO since 1999. The company is a thriving, independent, international music publisher spanning virtually all music genres: classical (serious and popular), TV, film, music theatre, pop, production music and print.
He set up Faber Music’s UK Distribution Centre in 1999 since when it has earned a reputation as one of the UK’s leading specialised printed music distribution services, utilising voice pick technology and servicing all territories in the world. He led the company’s acquisition of IMP Ltd in 2005, including a long-term, exclusive print and digital print licence for Europe with Warner Chappell. Faber Music’s roster of contemporary classical and media composers features some of the biggest names in the world, including Tom Adès, George Benjamin, Anders Hillborg, Carl Davis, Stephen Warbeck, Howard Goodall and many more.
As a director of MPA (since 2002), PRS (2004), PMLL (2013) and a trustee of PRS Foundation (2015), he dedicates time and energy into the wider industry as it navigates a continuously shifting political, commercial and cultural landscape. He believes passionately that greater understanding of and respect for copyright is a realistic goal, and that this starts with grass roots in the education sector – if we succeed in embedding at this level a recognition of the cultural and commercial power of music, we take a massive step towards a national psyche which values copyright in the future.
Richard was first elected to the MPA Board in 2003 and has remained an Elected Board Director since then.
Rachel graduated from Oxford University in 2002 with a degree in music and subsequently studied at the College of Law before beginning her career in music publishing at Wise Music. She is Director of Music Publishing at Oxford University Press, the largest university press in the world and one of the longest-established music publishers, overseeing its classical, choral and educational catalogue.
Rachel has a wealth of experience in the printed music, choral/vocal and music education sectors, having also worked as Head of Education for Bloomsbury Publishing plc, for Rhinegold Publishing and Hal Leonard, and in artist management. She is a trustee of Youth Music, a national charity investing in music-making projects which support children and young people.
Chris Butler has worked in the music publishing industry since leaving Durham University with a music degree in 1984. He held a succession of positions at Chappell Music (later Warner Chappell), before joining Novello in 1989. Four years at the classical independent ended when Novello was acquired by the Music Sales Group in 1993. Over the past 25 years the Music Sales Group has become one of the world’s largest independent music publishers with offices in London, Paris, New York, Los Angeles, Madrid, Berlin, Copenhagen, Sydney and Tokyo.
In tandem with being the leading player in the business of printed music, Music Sales owns and administers an extensive portfolio of copyrights through a network of wholly owned companies throughout the world. In addition to Novello these include J & W Chester, G. Schirmer, Edition Wilhelm Hansen, Union Musicales Ediciones, Editions Alphonse Leduc, Bosworth & Co, Sparta Florida and Campbell Connelly. The Music Sales Group currently has an active roster of over one hundred living composers creating new music in all genres.
Chris first joined the MPA board in 1992. In 2011 he was appointed as a director of the MCPS and Chairman of the MPA Board which he stepped down from in 2015 to be replaced by Jackie Alway.