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2017-10-29 13:43:04
Other lives  Frances Lowe obituary

My wife, Frances Lowe, who has died of cancer aged 51, was an influential music business lawyer and lobbyist with a great love of art, music and sport.

From 1999 to 2003 she was director general of British Music Rights, the lobbying company for the writers and publishers of music. Copyright law was changing, the EU was developing its copyright directive, and the UK government was working on implementing it. Frances ensured that governments and civil servants in the UK and in Brussels recognised the needs of the creative community. She argued against the weakening of copyright protection that was being promoted by the proponents of online business models, to the great disadvantage of composers.

In 2007 Frances returned to the Performing Right Society (PRS), where she had first worked from 1993 to 1999. She set about making sure that government understood the importance of composers to the economy. Working towards similar goals was Gesac, the European lobbying organisation of collecting societies, which collect copyright royalties on behalf of their members; there she chaired the important committee of lawyers.

In the 90s Frances helped guide the PRS through an investigation by the Monopolies and Mergers Commission. The resulting report helped the PRS reform itself, to the lasting benefit of creators and artists.

Born in Crawley, West Sussex, and raised in Surrey, Frances was one of four children of Julie (nee Skinner) and Christopher Lowe. Her father was a chartered accountant with Coopers and Lybrand. She was educated at Epsom college and studied law at Newnham College, Cambridge, before joining the law firm Simmons and Simmons. We met at the PRS in 1994, set up home in Battersea, south-west London, in 1998 and married in 2003.

In that year, after her first diagnosis of cancer, Frances decided to pursue her interest in fine art, studying first at Christie’s and following up with an MA in contemporary art history at the Courtauld Institute. She became a guide at the Tate galleries, developed a keen collector’s eye and made her own art and photography.

When a skiing accident restricted her sport, she replaced tennis and other activities with golf, and after we moved to Hampshire she regularly played for Liphook Golf Club.

When she became ill again, Frances turned again to art and studied for both a licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society and a foundation degree at West Dean College, West Sussex, producing beautiful work in both disciplines.

Frances is survived by me, by her parents, by her sister, Catharine, and by her brothers, Nicholas and Andrew.