PRS for Music reaches 100,000 members in the UK
There are now 100,000 members of PRS for Music, the body which protects the rights of songwriters and composers in the UK.
They represent musicians including Adele, Labrinth and Emeli Sande.
PRS for Music makes sure songwriters get the money they are owed when their tracks are used on the radio, television, in films or video games.
Unsigned disco pop band The Gentlemen from Sheffield have become the 100,000th member of PRS for Music.
"It's insane, I couldn't really believe it," said lead singer Nicholas Noble.
"I was speaking to PRS last week and they were telling me about it, I was just bowled over, I couldn't believe it."
Over the past 18 months, British songwriters like Adele, Mumford & Sons and Calvin Harris have dominated the charts both in the UK and abroad.
Piers Aggett is the songwriter and producer for east London group Rudimental, a recent signing to PRS for Music.
"Because PRS for Music is run by publishers and songwriters, they understand the crafting that goes into making a really good tune," he explained.
"It's been a phenomenal year for us and we rely on our PRS for Music cheques so we can keep writing music and touring."
Mark Lawrence is the membership director at PRS for Music and he says the society is becoming more important in the digital age.
"I think it's hugely significant as we move towards our 100th year of existence," he said.
"Everyone's got to pay much more attention to how much everything earns, there's many more places where music is exploited.
"I think everyone from a small songwriter to a large music publisher is paying much more attention to where their music is used and to where they get royalties from.
"Just to give you an idea, five years ago we were probably getting 100 new members a month. Now we get 750 new members a month."
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