In March 1914 a group of music publishers, including William Boosey and Oliver Hawkes got together to form a group to protect the value of copyright and help provide an income for composers, songwriters and music publishers. The Performing Rights Society was born and this year, renamed as the PRS for Music, it is celebrating its 100th anniversary. There is a website celebrating the 100 years as well as giving details of key moments in their history. There are centenary events planned, including a centenary concert at the Royal Albert Hall in November.
Its difficult to over-estimate the importance of the work of the Performing Rights Society in ensuring that composers are paid for their efforts. You can watch their celebratory video after the break.