PPL licenses recorded music played in public or broadcast in the United Kingdom and then distributes the licence fees to its performer and rights holder members. Established in 1934, PPL exists to ensure that those who invest their time, talent and money to make recorded music are fairly paid for their work. The UK is the second largest performance rights market in the world.
With over 8,500 members who are record companies or other recorded music rights holders and 51,500 performer members, PPL, a not for profit organisation, has a large and diverse membership. Members include major record labels and globally successful performers, as well as many independent labels, sole traders and session musicians ranging from orchestral players to percussionists and singers - all of whom are entitled to be fairly paid for the use of their recordings and performances. Between them, PPL's members control the rights in the overwhelming majority of recorded music.