January 14, 2021

The people that we work with inspire us every day.

We love to hear from our beneficiaries, it’s our favourite thing!

The personal stories of those who have been affected by financial, physical or emotional  issues and who have benefitted from our support can be motivating for us and inspirational for those who are suffering during these uncertain times.

As part of our Success Stories section, we interviewed our beneficiary Justin Grant.

My names Justin Grant a singer-songwriter from Newry, Northern Ireland. 

I have been performing in public from the age of fifteen, formerly as the front man of the six-piece band “Sugar Island” and currently as a solo artist.   


Q. How did you hear about the PRS Members’ Fund?


I first heard about the PRS Members’ Fund online.  I am a member of PRS For Music and I saw this feature pop up that said, ‘if you are a musician struggling financially we’re here to help’ and I was one of those. So I plucked up the courage and strength to get in touch with the Fund.


Q. When did you first approach the Fund?


I first approached the Fund in February 2019. I couldn’t pay my rent and I just felt financially embarrassed at the time. I was selling my music equipment for money, living day to day it was rough and I had run out of road mentally and emotionally. I felt like a nutcase with a guitar case going no place.  I had always played pubs and clubs making a living as a musician, either strumming and singing cover songs or my own material. So I knew I had willpower, but I just felt like the fun was being sucked out of my funfair. I was living in a single room shared accommodation flat and just felt flat. 


Q. How has the Fund helped you and in what way did it change/improve your life?


PRS funding helped me clear away my rent arrears, which also got the cogs turning in regard to me opening up and getting honest about my thoughts and feelings – I was thinking and drinking heavily at the time.  My relationship with alcohol was like a dodgy friend, sometimes it’s good craic sometimes not so good. Alcohol either helped or hindered my life and I could escape with it, but now I’m finally learning how to face reality without it and that’s scary at times, but you got to learn how to be the best version of yourself warts and all.  So PRS Fund not only helped me with my financial problems, but it also put me in touch with a mental health advisor who was a huge help.

There’s no shame in admitting you have a problem. If you are sick, sore and tired of struggling financially and mentally as a musician, then the PRS Fund was made for you. So please do not be afraid to reach out and ask for help.


Q. How are things different now?


Today I have everything I need and more.


April 8, 2021

Carroll Thompson becomes our new patron

Award-winning singer/songwriter and composer Carroll Thompson has joined the PRS Members’ Fund as a patron of the charity. WE ARE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE OUR NEW PATRON, CARROLL THOMPSON.   Raised in the gospel tradition and […]

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March 19, 2021

Founder’s Day Celebration! (1934-2021)

On Friday 19th March, the PRS Members’ Fund celebrates its founder’s day! We have come a long way! This milestone gives us the opportunity to celebrate the legacy of our founders and the rich history […]

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February 19, 2021

Wellness Webinar – Creativity and Loss of Identity

Join us Tuesday 9th March 2021 from 10am to 12pm to the “Creativity and Loss of Identity” wellness webinar. 2020 was a year in which all of us will have experienced loss of some kind. […]

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February 2, 2021

Time to Power Up!

Power Up is a ground-breaking initiative aiming to break down and remove structural and systematic racism and injustices affecting talented UK based Black music creators and industry professionals from progressing their careers and accelerate change […]

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January 14, 2021


The people that we work with inspire us every day. We love to hear from our beneficiaries, it’s our favourite thing! The personal stories of those who have been affected by financial, physical or emotional  […]

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December 23, 2020

Tips for the festive period – pandemic edition.

The festive season can be joyous and fun, but for someone stressful and lonely. As a polarising time, winter put our mood lower than normal and especially who suffer of depression can find this period […]

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December 11, 2020

Christmas Newsletter 2020

PRS Member’s Fund: supporting you in times of need.   2020 has been a challenging year for all of us, both personally and professionally.   The global pandemic has had an immediate and long-lasting impact […]

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December 1, 2020

Our Christmas Appeal 2020

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters we have been able to provide essential grants to PRS songwriters and composers during these difficult times. We want to take this opportunity to thank all those who […]

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November 26, 2020

New vacancies at the creative hub Cyril Wood Court

Cyril Wood Court, the accommodation site in Bere Regis, Dorset, is specifically for creatives and here at the Fund we have nomination rights for potential residents.   Cyril Wood Court has a longstanding reputation for being a creative […]

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October 23, 2020

PRS Members’ Fund X Black History Month

Black History Month is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that black people from all backgrounds have made to the UK across many generations.   October marks the celebration of Black History Month and is […]

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October 8, 2020

Winter Heating Scheme 2020-2021

Today we’re launching our winter heating scheme for 2020, which runs during the months of October until March 2021.   Winter is coming, but you shouldn’t have to worry about turning the heating on at […]

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September 22, 2020

Our support for classical music

Classical music has played a major factor into the evolution of music and its genres with its ability to add aesthetic and emotional value to the human experience.   The UK’s classical music scene also plays […]

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