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ROYALTY PAYMENTS TO WELSH COMPOSERS AND PUBLISHERS

EDM (Early Day Motion) 928: tabled on 15 January 2013

Tabled in the 2012-13 session.

This motion has been signed by 12 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House recognises that, as a result of the Performing Rights Society's (PRS) decision to changeits distribution policy, composers, artists and music publishers in Wales, especially those who compose songs in the Welsh language have seen their incomes drastically reduced by up to 85 per cent from this source; notes that no satisfactory solution has been reached since this change in 2007; further notes that as Radio Cymru is virtually the BBC's sole outlet for Welsh language music, the livelihoods of Welsh language artists, publishers and composers are being threatened and an essential element of the Welsh culture undermined; supports the establishment of the umbrella organisation Eos to better represent the 297 composers, artists and publishers and many more through 34 music publishing companies; further notes that whilst negotiations are proceeding the BBC cannot broadcast 30,000 songs; applauds the support given to Eos by, amongst others, Welsh poets and those who would otherwise be regular contributors to Radio Cymru programmes; believes that the relationship between the BBC and the PRS raises questions about neo-monopolies in the music industry; and calls on the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to investigate the matter urgently.