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Who's going to help the classical composers?

By Ivan Hewett   December 2000

Performing Right Society

The Performing Right Society is every composer’s lifeline, but for one group the lifeline has weakened. Until last year, composers of so-called “classical” music enjoyed a subsidy to their rights payments of around 170 per cent. The supplement came from the earnings of the PRS as a whole, which meant that the big earners such as film composers and song writers were subsidising writers of string quartets. Not surprisingly, this caused a good deal of resentment, which the PRS board-heavily loaded for historical reasons with classical composers and publishers-always managed to quash. But finally it grew into…

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