PPL's journey so far

In 2019, PPL celebrates its 85th anniversary, making us the oldest collective management organisation for performers and recording rightsholders in the world. Over the last 85 years of PPL’s history, we have collected more than £3.2 billion for the recording rightsholders and performers that we represent.

This is the result of having a clear strategic vision, making smart investment decisions in technology, and building the expertise of our diverse workforce, all of which combine to form the modern day PPL. Collaboration has also been central to this success and I would like to thank all of our members, partners, and friends for their continued support.

Peter Leathem

1934 – 2019: A Review

PPL In Numbers

£246.8 Million

Collected in 2018

14 Million

Data recordings managed

£3 Billion

Collected revenue for performers and recording rightsholders

£429.1 Million

Collected from outside of the UK since 2006


Recordings uploaded to the PPL Repertoire Database each week


Signed agreements with international collective management organisations


Performers & recording rightsholders paid in 2018


Licensed TV, radio and online stations Data recordings managed