Meet MMBE tutors at PPL / FAC event

MMBE tutors and representatives from Gateshead College will be attending this event, so if you’d like to come along and talk to them about the course, register for the event by via the link below.

Venue: The Sage Gateshead,

Date: Tuesday 30 October, 2012

Time: 5.30pm

Do YOU get all the money due to you as a performer or record company?

How do you know if you’re missing out on YOUR share of the pot?

PPL collects money when records are broadcast or when artists perform on recorded music.

But you can only receive that money if YOU are registered.

The money is collected FOR YOU and distributed EVERY YEAR. All you have to do is register – which is FREE to do.

PPL are holding a special event in Gateshead in October to meet performers and labels.

To ask the people at PPL just how it works and what’s involved and hear how easy it is to join, come along to the FREE PPL event at The Sage at 5.30pm on Tuesday 30th October.

You’ll meet:

  • Keith Harris, PPL Director of Performer Affairs
  • John Smith, General Secretary, Musicians Union & PPL Performer Board Member
  • Hal Ritson, FAC Board Member, musician, record producer and DJ.

The event is completely free and open to anyone involved in a band or label.


Registration starts at 5.30pm and the session starts at 6pm promptly finishing at 7.30pm when there will be an hour’s food, drinks and networking.

Any general questions about the session, please email

The Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, NE8 2JR

Speaker Biogs

Keith Harris started in the music industry in 1974 working for Transatlantic, a small independent UK label. In 1976 Keith joined EMI Records where he initially worked for several in-house EMI labels in the promotions department. These included Rocket where he worked on the Elton John album ‘Blue Moves’, Fantasy, Ariola and EMI International. He then joined Motown becoming General Manager working with artists such as Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder. He left in 1978 to work with Stevie Wonder and became Operations Manager for his companies. Keith joined PPL in 2006, is a former Chairman of the MMF, the managers’ trade body, and he is the Chairman of Musictank.

Hal Ritson has performed on or produced over 200 dance or urban records over the past few years, with credits including artists such as Nas, Dizzee Rascal, Lil Wayne, Newton Falkner, Jessie J, David Guetta, the Black Eyed Peas, Lethal Bizzle, Estelle, Laidback Luke, Steve Angello, Taio Cruz, Tinchy Strider and many more. His main personal project is as leader of the London-based electronic mashup collective The Young Punx.

John Smith: After studying at the Royal Academy of Music, John became a freelance musician based in London. In 1974 he joined the orchestra of English National Opera and remained there for almost 20 years. He’s been a full time MU official since 1994 and has negotiated trade agreements with UK broadcasters and audio visual producers. John is a Performer Director for PPL and also a member of the Live Music Forum.

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