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Howard Jones PRS and sessions (39) RE: PRS and sessions 15 Dec 19

In my experience it is rare for a session not to include some copyright material, so in principle a PRS fee is due. 7.27 is a trivial amount when shared between a number of musicians, and whilst it is the venue which is liable surely the musicians shouldn't begrudge making a small payment if called upon to do so.

What I think people most resent is that they have zero confidence that any of the fee will make its way back to the composers of the music they have played. The only way for this to happen would be for someone to submit returns of the music played, which is problematic for both the session and PRS.

The other issue is that some PRS inspectors take an unnecessarily aggressive line with venues when they are found not to have the appropriate licence. Where a venue is not promoting music for commercial advantage but permitting (in some cases merely tolerating) it as part of their function as a community asset, such an approach can result in the music being cancelled rather than pay a fee. In those cases everyone - musicians, the PRS and PRS members - all lose out.

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