A record year for chart success and songwriter royalties, PRs for Music announced Monday that its membership reached 100,000.
The 100,000th member to join was band member Nicholas Noble, from Sheffield based band The Gentlemen. The band comprises Nicholas Rognli-Olsen Noble, Sean D’Souza Walsh, Josh Cana and Joel Cana.
Nicholas Noble, The Gentlemen frontman said: “I can’t believe I am PRS for Music’s 100,000th member! My dad, Keith is a songwriter too. He sang in the Screaming Abdabs who went on to be known as Pink Floyd – he has been nagging me for years to join after one of his songs in the 60s achieved PRS for Music awards and several million radio plays. The Gentlemen has recently released a new single, Lights of Tokyo which is getting some great support. We’re proud to be members of such a key music institution – this is really important right now”
Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg MP said: “As a local MP I know Sheffield has an outstanding record of producing chart topping musicians, so it’s appropriate that a Sheffield band has helped PRS for Music reach this important milestone. Music from our country is successfully exported around the world and PRS for Music do an important job in ensuring the rights of our home-grown musicians are protected.”
In the past 18 months, UK songwriters have dominated the worldwide charts including newly signed-up PRs for Music members, Rudimental. With a heavy festival schedule after their Drum and Bass single ‘Feel the Love‘, which topped the UK singles chart, the quartet has gained plenty of success.
Mark Lawrence, Membership Director, PRS for Music added: “This is a historic milestone for PRS for Music and reminds us what has been achieved in almost 100 years of operating. Our songwriters are a global success story, being heard in more places than ever – across TV, radio, live and online. Whether they are producing film soundtracks, writing a Number 1 chart hit or playing sold out stadiums around the world –PRS for Music members soundtrack our lives.”