How we can help

We provide help with support and advice for those struggling financially, physically or emotionally for PRS members, former members, and their immediate families in times of difficulty.

How we can help

We provide help with support and advice for those struggling financially, physically or emotionally for PRS members, former members, and their immediate families in times of difficulty.

We provide support and advice to PRS members and their families as well as ex-members of PRS and dependants of deceased members who are struggling financially, physically or emotionally and are in need of help. Whether affected by illness, in need of physical or mental support, accident or age related – we can help.

We require that applicants have held PRS membership for at least seven years or have earned £500 in royalties for us to consider their request.

We treat every application in the strictest of confidence and will offer appropriate help once we’ve considered individual income, expenditure and circumstances.

Do you know someone who needs our help? We accept referrals from fellow PRS members, family and care workers.

We know sometimes it is hard to ask for help. We want to hear your voice…
It’s your song, your music, your fund.

Get in touch at
or call 020 3741 4067

Download the Application Form


As a registered charity we cannot help with:

  • The costs of buying a home
  • Promotion costs of any commercial venture
  • Supporting composers who don’t have any other employment

Ways we can help:

  • Sheltered housing
  • Financial support
  • Crisis grants
  • Career change advice
  • Mental health support
  • Physical health assessment
  • Winter heating scheme
  • Legacy & will writing

Help given in 2020:

£321,000 awarded through our existing grants programme


£2 million awarded in Covid-19 Emergency Relief Fund hardship grants

Types of support

The PRS Members’ Fund can offer you many different levels of support, from career change advice to housing and financial support. Explore the links below to find out more, please contact us to see if you’re eligible and how to apply.

Crisis Grants

We hear you,
we’re here for you.

Are you struggling to pay the bills? We know how challenging and stressful life is at times. We’re here to help you in your time of need. We can provide crisis grants, loans or ongoing help whilst we work with you to find more longer term solutions to your needs.

Find out more

Financial Support

Step by step,
hand in hand.

Do you have financial worries? We work with StepChange and we can refer you directly for a confidential and personalised service. If you’re not sure if you qualify for help, take a free 60-second test, the StepChange team will let you know if you need debt advice and suggest what your next steps could be. Take the test here.

Take the test

Mental Health Support

to cope?

We have created a unique partnership with Help Musicians UK to provide dedicated mental health support to PRS members through Music Minds Matter – a free and confidential 24/7 mental health support line and service for the music industry. PRS members can access counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy as well as emotional support. Speak to their helpline on 0808 802 8008 or email Let the team know you are a PRS member.

Find out more

Wellbeing App Thrive

Download for Free the NHS approved mental health app.

The PRS Members’ Fund is pleased to support the initiative of Music Support and to offer PRS for Music members one year’s FREE subscription (for a limited period) to NHS approved mental health app, Thrive.

With over 100 hours of content and clinically designed mental health tools, Thrive helps people to manage stress, anxiety and depression.

Find out more

Housing Support

Full time musician,
part time homeless?

Do you need support around housing or homelessness? We work with Shelter, they can provide support and legal services. PRS members based in London can email or call the advice line on 0344 515 1540 . PRS members who live outside London can find information on the national Shelter’s website. Let the team know you are a PRS member. To apply for housing support grants contact us directly.

Find out more

Physical Health Support

Stay in touch,
stay healthy.

Are you affected by illness, disability, accident or work-related health problems? Struggling to find your creative space or pay the bills as illness is dominating your life? Then we can help. We work with British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM), who can help guide you to find specialist health assessments and support. Call BAPAM at 020 7404 8444, let them know you are a PRS member.

Find out more

Career Change Advice

Need a
plan B?

Have you reached a crossroads in your career and need help to see the options ahead of you? We can guide you towards the right support. Having a ‘Plan B’ for when things don’t quite work out as you had planned can sometimes minimise the impact.

Find out more

Winter Heating Scheme

Supporting you in
the colder months.

Are you worried about turning the heating on as you can’t afford to pay the heating bills? We operate a Winter Heating Scheme covering the months from October through to March each year for those who are elderly, unwell or living with a health condition, to stay warm during winter, by providing contributions towards heating bills.

Find out more

Sheltered Housing

Find a creative

Cyril Wood Court, located in Dorset, provides affordable rented housing for older (55+) songwriters, composers, musicians, writers, painters and crafts-people in surroundings designed to suit their interests. We work in partnership with the Cyril Wood Memorial Trust, with nomination rights for potential residents.

Find out more

Legacy & Will Writing

Make a lasting

Would you like to leave a legacy, or perhaps bequeath your copyrights, or a share of your royalties to the Fund, but not sure how to make your wishes known? We can provide help and guidance with advice and practical how to guides.

Find out more

Need support?

Contact us at or +44 (0)203 741 4067

Download the Application Form