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.
PRSMF X Black History Month – Mike Lindup
Black History Month is an opportunity to celebrate the enormous contribution that black songwriters and composers have made and continue to make to the music industry and society.
We asked our trustee Mike Lindup, also known as the founder and keyboard player in platinum band Level 42, to share his story with us.
Here at the Fund we will continue our efforts to better support all PRS members, while doing our best to deal with all forms of inequality within the music industry.
Our support for classical music
Before the pandemic started to take its toll we interviewed classical composer and violist Sally Beamish, and classical and media composers Paul Patterson and Nigel Hess, who are also two of our trustees.
We hope that their messages will encourage other fellow PRS members who are experiencing hard times to find the courage to get in touch with us.
Our aim is to raise awareness of the support available for PRS composers working within the classical music field and where to find it.
PRS Members’ Fund 2020
During the year so far many things have happened, notably the global pandemic which has put a strain on all our lives. We are continuing to work hard as we aim to be of greater service to the PRS membership community.
Here are two stories from writers we’re proud to have supported, Andy and Kate. 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 trustee Paulette Long and our beneficiaries Andy and Kate for allowing us to tell their stories.
This is your Fund, for you.
Songwriter, producer and dj
Ashley Beedle started his career DJing in the early 80s and in the middle of the 90s was among the first British artists to achieve notoriety in the house music community in the United States. Ashley has been affected by bipolar disorder since 2013, when symptoms began to impact his work and financial situation.
With the input of our crisis fund and a home visit we stopped the downward spiral Ashley and his partner were in.
“The Fund gave me back my confidence, which is very important. Things are tangible different now because I have regained my confidence, I have got back into making music in a very productive way and enjoy myself again, which is really where it’s at!”