PPL – Broadcast Licensing Executive (UK)

PPL is the UK’s music licensing company for over 100,000 performers and recording rightsholders.

We exist to help ensure people who dedicate their time, money and talent to making recorded music are fairly paid for their work. Our members include performers ranging from emerging grassroots artists through to established session musicians and influential global artists, as well as independent and major record companies. We have been licensing the use of recorded music in the UK since 1934.

This includes when it is broadcast on radio, TV, and online, and when it is played in public (shops, bars, nightclubs, offices etc.). PPL’s public performance licensing is now carried out on PPL’s behalf by PPL PRS Ltd, a joint venture between PPL and PRS for Music.

Through a network of international agreements with collective management organisations (CMOs) in other countries, PPL is also able to collect royalties for performers and recording rightsholders when their recorded music is played around the world. Our market-leading international collections business currently has 92 agreements around the world, covering over 90% of total global performance royalty value. In 2017 we collected £218.8 million in the UK and internationally and paid over 98,000 performers and record companies.

Job Summary

This is a customer facing, commercial role that involves issuing licences, dealing with queries and providing research and analysis to support PPL’s/VPL’s licensing activities. The role also involves managing relationships with a wide variety of radio, TV and online services, ensuring that licensing schemes are run smoothly and effectively.

Team Description

PPL’s Broadcast Licensing team is responsible for licensing TV and radio broadcasters to play recorded music as part of their programming. The team works with a wide range of broadcasters including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Five and Sky as well as commercial radio networks such as Capital, Heart and Absolute Radio.

The team also develops PPL’s tariffs by ensuring that they are fit for purpose in a world where the way businesses use music is constantly changing and that they strike a balance between a fair return for our members and a fair fee for users.

Key requirements
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (in particular, Excel)
  • Proven record of delivering results/exceeding targets or KPIs
  • Minimum two years’ experience in a fast-paced, client-facing office or administrative role
  • Target-driven with the ability to prioritise and re-prioritise according to team and wider business needs
  • Exceptional attention to detail, in both text and numbers
  • Knowledge of and interest in the music and media industries
  • Experienced in delivering objectives within specified timeframes
  • A persuasive nature with the ability to influence others to see and agree with a point of view
Duties and responsibilities
  • Managing relationships with a wide portfolio of radio, TV and online services, ensuring that licensing schemes are run smoothly and effectively
  • Proactively identifying and contacting unlicensed broadcasters to ensure that they obtain the appropriate licence(s)
  • Ensuring efficient administration of licensing activities by updating spreadsheets and maintaining databases
  • Developing and negotiating bespoke agreements and settlements with licensees within agreed parameters
  • Responding to phone and e-mail enquiries regarding PPL licensing requirements for a wide variety of broadcast services

PPL employees have access to a wide range of benefits and discounts including a non-contractual bonus scheme and a comprehensive training and development scheme.

Equality and diversity at PPL

At PPL, we are committed to ensuring that:

  • our employees are engaged;
  • we hire, develops and promotes the best people; and
  • our talent pool is as wide as possible.

We take equality and diversity seriously, intertwined with our people strategy, so that we can continue to develop and maintain a working culture that is fair and considerate to all.

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