Need a short break? A songwriting retreat? We can help.

Need a short break? A songwriting retreat? We can help.

Happy New Year! If, like us, you’re almost back to normal now that we’re half way through January, then here’s some good news… Late last year we were fortunate enough to be invited to work with the Francis W Reckitt Arts Trust, a wonderful organisation that you can learn more about at this link.

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We gratefully acknowledge the financial support received from the Francis W Reckitt Arts Trust as a resource to offer opportunities to eligible PRS members, (those who would not otherwise be able to afford to do so), to enjoy time away from home in order to rest, recuperate, research, work on their music and songs (alone or in collaboration), rehearse, perform or simply have a short break.

Please note that our grant will only be used to cover board and lodging, it cannot go towards travel, studio hire or equipment purchase. Do get in touch with us to find out more and to apply. You can call on 020 3741 4067 or email us at fund@prsformusic.com.

Should this be suitable for you, there are a number of options that could be applicable, whether it’s a local retreat for yourself to perhaps write, a holiday space with your band or others to try new songs or even a trip to somewhere more peaceful than your own home in order to work on your writing – whatever it may be do get in touch to learn more.

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You may also want to consider the London Songwriters Retreat, held in Buxton.  This particular retreat consists of co-writing and solo-writing briefs, songshares with feedback, songcraft presentations, country walks, country pubs, possibly an open mic night and has been described as a “magical songwriting holiday break.” 2017 will be the seventh retreat for London Songwriters and in the twelve years it’s been running there are over 70 writers who have given enthusiastic testimonials.

 

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London Songwriters Retreat

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We’re told it will be minimal-effort self-catering and accommodation is two to each single-gender shared room for up to twelve writers. Their cost is an early-bird rate of £359 for accommodation, songwriting facilitation and home-cooked food. It runs from 4pm Monday 27th March to 10am Monday 3rd April but you may wish to tailor your departure to fit in with your own commitments. The converted barn is near Buxton, which is accessible by train from London Euston via Stockport or, if driving, it’s just beyond Derby off the motorways – beautiful accommodation in lovely picture-postcard countryside. For more information on this particular retreat, take a look at the London Songwriters website.

If this option should appeal, then help is available towards a major part of the cost. Should you wish us to consider alternative short breaks, as mentioned above, then then do please contact us with details either by telephone 020 3741 4067 or e-mail fund@prsformusic.com.

Other important points to note are as follows:

  • You must be a PRS member to apply for this grant.
  • This scheme is open to professional songwriters, composers and musicians.
  • Applications for this scheme will be considered up to March 31st 2017.
  • There will be an application form to fill in, and if you receive funding there will also be an evaluation form at the end of your stay.

 

Home Visits

 

We know every situation is different, and we find face-to-face meetings are an effective way to understand individual needs and offer the most relevant advice. We can arrange for our advisers to make home visits to discuss your circumstances, and advise on your benefit entitlements and ways in which the Fund can help.

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Debt Management Advice

 

We can also refer you to specialist money advisers for help with managing debts and reducing monthly expenditure.

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Short-term Loans

 

We can give short-term loans to members who have an unexpected financial crisis. We assess your circumstances to agree an amount and a timescale for paying it back.

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Regular Financial Assistance

 

We can arrange for regular small grants (up to £20 a week) to help members who are receiving benefits but still aren’t able to maintain basic standards of living. We can also help pay for things like telephone and TV rental and licence, gas and heating bills.

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One-off Grants

 

We are able to provide one-off grants in the case of unexpected crisis, and well as to elderly or disabled members who are finding it difficult to meet their living costs despite receiving all the benefits they are entitled to. It might be for anything from essential property repairs to replacing a broken fridge.

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Specialist Health Assessments

 

Together with our partners the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM), we provide a free and confidential medical service specially tailored to performers experiencing work-connected health problems.

BAPAM have in-depth understanding of the kind of physical and psychological problems that performing artists may experience and have been providing specialist diagnostic assessments to people in the music industry for the last 25 years.

BAPAM doesn’t deal with emergencies and isn’t a general medical service, but every appointment involves a thorough evaluation, practical advice and tips, and a referral for further treatment if it’s required.

A free diagnostic appointment with BAPAM is the gateway to understanding the problem, and a genuine chance to getting on the road to recovery.

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Sheltered Accommodation

 

In some circumstances we are able to help members find sheltered accommodation. This is arranged in association with Cyril Wood Court in Bere Regis, Dorset.

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Career Coaching

 

Do you need a change of career? Perhaps a change from songwriting or composing, or work that runs alongside it? We have two career coaches who work in different ways. If you would like a referral, please get in touch with us.

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Make a Donation

 

You can make one-off donation or set up a regular monthly gift simply and securely at justgiving.com/prsformusic or send a cheque payable to “PRS for Music Members Benevolent Fund” at 2 Pancras Square, London N1C 4AG.

Don’t forget if you’re a UK tax payer, we can receive an extra 28p from the Inland Revenue for every £1 you donate. Please tick the Gift Aid box when making an online donation on JustGiving or download the Gift Aid Form and send it to us with your cheque.

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Donate Copyright and Royalties

 
It is because of members who bequeath us their PRS payments, royalties and copyrights, that we can be there to support members who need our help. If these are made a Gift of Will, they will be exempt from Inheritance Tax. We recommend that you ask a solicitor for advice and we have produced will drafting notes to help you. Alternatively you can donate a percentage of your PRS royalties at each PRS distribution. If you’d like to do this please download the PRS royalties form and your donations will start from the next PRS distribution.

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Leave a Legacy

 

You can either leave a residuary legacy or a pecuniary legacy.

A residuary legacy is what is left of your estate after tax, expenses and other legacies have been paid. You can leave a percentage of your residuary legacy to the PRS for Music Members Benevolent Fund. A pecuniary legacy is a fixed sum of money that may decrease in value over time.

You can make a new Will or change your existing Will at any point, and we recommend that you ask a solicitor for advice. We have produced will drafting notes to help you.

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