Keith Harris, Director of Performer Affairs at PPL, is to step down at the end of 2015 after nine years in the role.
Keith is leaving after agreeing his role has reached a natural conclusion, having been created to strengthen PPL’s relationships with the performer community, raise awareness of PPL’s services and commitment to performers, and oversee the implementation of the merger between PAMRA and AURA in 2006.
“It has been a good and exciting nine years at PPL, but I feel that the job that I was originally brought in to do has come to a positive end, with performers now totally integrated into PPL,” Keith said. He will continue to work with the company on a consultancy basis.
PPL also recently announced that existing PPL Performer Director, John Smith (General Secretary of the Musicians’ Union and President of the International Federation of Musicians) will take up the part-time role of PPL Chairman at the start of 2016, following Fran Nevrkla’s retirement
Keith will continue to speak at events across the world on the value of music and the inherent importance of performers’ rights. In June 2015, he was awarded an OBE for Services to the Music Industry.
Fran Nevrkla, OBE, the outgoing Chairman of PPL: “I was delighted when nine years ago, Keith let me persuade him to join PPL in a new role of Director of Performer Affairs. As far as I was concerned, he was the only ideal candidate for the job and his contribution over the years has been enormous. Keith is a remarkable individual, a real team player and a true gentleman. He is a pleasure to work with and I thank him for all his sterling work and for his friendship.”
Peter Leathem, CEO, PPL: “Keith has been a very good friend and colleague and has played a key role in turning PPL from a collective management organisation that worked for record companies into one that also works for performers. I am delighted that Keith believes that his original role has now run its course in light of what has been achieved for performers at PPL but I am delighted that Keith will continue to work for PPL as a consultant.”