Harmonious Alliance

Harmonious Alliance : History of the Performing Rights Society

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This is a book celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Performing Rights Society which since 1914 has acted as a link between consumers and producers of music. As technology has taken command of the market and music has been used in radio, TV, film, and the recorded music industry the sales of sheet music has fallen away, with the result that musicians' livelihood has been disrupted and endangered. The society's work both reflected and influenced this revolution, dealing with theatres, restaurants, pubs and shops, cinemas and factories as well as radio and television. To counter this transformation of the musicians status the PRS has administered the collection of fees and the assertion of legal rights for the musician. It has also played a crucial role in the international music business assisting refugees during the 1930s, rebuilding the network of payments after the war and handling a reversal of the "balance of trade" which flowed from the success of British music in foreign markets after 1963. The author has also written "The Music Profession in Britain since the Eighteenth Century - A Social History" and "The Piano - A History".show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 186 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 18mm | 520g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 16 pp of plates, tables, chronology, index
  • 0193119242
  • 9780193119246

Table of contents

Beginning; loose alignments; an effective alliance; new horizons; war work; peace without prosperity; lift off; prosperityshow more