UK mechanical society MCPS signs new long-term agreement with PRS For Music

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For the past 13 months, the UK’s Mechanical Copyright Protection Society Limited (MCPS) has been considering its options.

Back on 1st April, 2016 MCPS published a Request for Proposals (RfP) inviting third-parties to tender for administration of areas of its business and all back-office operations.

The process could have seen the body split with its existing admin partner PRS For Music for the first time in history – causing a rift between those managing performing rights and mechanical rights licensing in the UK market.

All’s well that ends well: MCPS has just announced a new, long-term administration deal with PRS.

In a press release, MCPS said: ‘The RfP’s key objective has been to identify the best service for MCPS members, with contractual performance measurements against which that service can be monitored and delivered at a cost efficient price. The RfP process has identified necessary licensing, processing, invoicing and distribution requirements within the MCPS business which will be measured against key performance indicators.’

MCPS, which licenses mechanical copyrights on behalf of over 26,000 music publisher and composer members, was previously part of the MCPS-PRS Alliance.

In 2013 they restructured their partnership, after which MCPS became an admin client of PRS.

Growth returned to the MCPS business in 2016.

“During this process, we have had the pleasure of working with RfP candidates from around the globe, who have proven the quality of their administrative capabilities and aptitude to meet the needs of their customers. The KPIs that have been secured will drive the service delivered from PRS and will help us grow the business. We’re delighted that PRS won the bid fair and square.”

Jane Dyball, MCPS

Jane Dyball, CEO of the MPA Group of Companies, said: “We have seen with the number of responses to the RfP that the MCPS business is – as we thought – a very appealing one. Consequently, taking the time to explore the full potential of the MCPS business and its operations has been crucial.

“During this process, we have had the pleasure of working with RfP candidates from around the globe, who have proven the quality of their administrative capabilities and aptitude to meet the needs of their customers. The KPIs that have been secured will drive the service delivered from PRS and will help us grow the business. We’re delighted that PRS won the bid fair and square.”

Chris Butler, Chair of MCPS, said: “It was essential not to rush this process. Having worked so hard to identify the needs of the MCPS membership we needed to ensure that all possibilities were considered thoroughly. One thing became very clear early on, however, and that is that the mechanical right is in great demand.

“The MCPS business is in a much better position than it was in 2013 and this is a brand new relationship with PRS for Music. In reaching our decision I would like to thank all of the parties involved in the process with a particular acknowledgement to Jane Dyball, her staff, colleagues and the board of MCPS.”

Robert Ashcroft, Chief Executive, PRS for Music, said: “PRS for Music Chief Executive Robert Ashcroft said: “We are delighted that MCPS has, following a rigorous selection process, chosen PRS to be its service provider for the licensing and distribution of mechanical royalties.

“We value our continued partnership, which dates back almost twenty years, very highly and I believe that it remains in the best interests of both the members of our respective societies, and our shared customers, that we continue to license the Performing Right and the Mechanical Right together. I would like to thank the board of MCPS for their renewed expression of confidence in PRS and look forward to us working together.”Music Business Worldwide

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