PRS Members’ Fund 2023
The PRS Members’ Fund exists for PRS members to provide a safety net during difficult times.
We support members through the provision of grants, information and signposting, as well as through our work with partner organisations to ensure that those suffering physical or mental health or financial difficulty receive the most appropriate support.
The personal stories of those who have benefitted from our support can be motivating for us and inspirational for those creatives who are in distress, especially during these uncertain times.
Here’s the story of Antiqu’e Ampomah, singer-songwriter and spoken word artist, whom we are proud to have supported. Our grateful thanks go out to our patron Carroll Thompson and our beneficiary Antiqu’e for allowing us to tell her story. This is your Fund, for you.
Annual Survey Results
Earlier this year, we asked PRS members what difference support from the Fund had made to their situation in 2021.
This was part of our annual rolling survey, which we send out every January to anyone who receives support from us as part of our impact measurement process.
During an extremely difficult year, when many people were struggling, it was encouraging to see that most of the members were feeling positive thanks to the support of the Fund.
PRSMF X International Reggae Day 2022
The PRS Members’ Fund is delighted to support British Black Music and partners with their targeted events, which highlight domestic black music, create networking spaces and provide music industry education.
Reggae day is a vibrant moment on the musical calendar and cultural landscape. It’s important that we recognise and celebrate the immense contribution black songwriters and composers have made to the music industry and cultural life in Britain.
Thanks to our supporter Jennie Bellestar Matthias.
PRS Members’ Fund 2022
At a time when life has become so unpredictable the Fund can provide a safety net for those PRS creators who get hit, particularly by the current crisis in mental health and the cost of living.
We support members through the provision of grants, information and signposting, as well as through our work with partner organisations.
Here are two stories from writers we’re proud to have supported, Philip and Julie. Take a look at some of the things we can help PRS members with and hear about the impact our support can have.
Our grateful thanks go out to our patron Martyn Ware and our beneficiaries Philip and Julie for allowing us to tell their stories. This is your Fund, for you.
Black History Month 2021 – Wayne Hector
To close this year’s Black History Month our chairman Nicky Graham interviewed award-winning songwriter and our patron Wayne Hector, who talked about what he’s most #ProudToBe.
Black History Month 2021 – Roger Wright
Our friend and supporter Roger Wright, also a PRS for Music singer-songwriter and actor, celebrated Black History Month with us and shared what he’s most #ProudToBe.
Black History Month 2021 – Ayisha Rodney
Continuing with this year’s Black History Month theme, beneficiary and composer, Ayisha Rodney told us what she’s most #ProudToBe.
Black History Month 2021 – Heather Small
To honour this year’s Black History Month theme we asked our patron and M People lead singer Heather Small to tell us what she’s most #ProudToBe.
PRS Members’ Fund 2021
We’re all aware of just how tough this past year has been, and the severe impact – financially and psychologically – on PRS songwriters and composers – many of whom are also performers and musicians.
The role of the Fund, as a charity for music creators, has now become more essential than ever to sustain their well-being. We do this through the provision of grants, information and signposting, as well as through our work with partner organisations.
Take a look at what we can offer and hear the stories of members we have helped. Our grateful thanks to our beneficiaries for allowing us to share their stories.
PRSMF X Black History Month – Jaelee Small
Here at the Fund we want to honour the enormous contribution that black songwriters and composers have made and continue to make to the music industry and society.
This year we’re remembering the great Jamaican singer-songwriter Millie Small, who died last May. Her hit single ‘My Boy Lollipop’ reached number two in both US and the UK chart in 1964 and it remains one of the biggest-selling ska songs of all the time, with more than seven million sales.
To celebrate the virtual edition of PRS Presents: celebrating Black History Month, we interviewed our beneficiary and Millie’s daughter Jaelee Small.