As we near the end of 2017, we’ve been reflecting on the year behind us – the losses and the more positive changes too. 2017 has been an incredibly difficult year for so many, especially the poorest and most vulnerable… Read More
Here at the PRS for Music Members Benevolent Fund, the welfare of PRS members, ex-members and their families is what we are all about, whether they reside in the UK or overseas. We currently support around 170 writer members on… Read More
Congratulations to MOBO-nominated songwriter and pianist JEMIO – the winner of the Lynsey de Paul Prize 2017. The award was established in 2015 to honour the multi-award winning songwriter and artist Lynsey de Paul, in recognition of her passion for… Read More
We’re committed to continually improving our programmes of support here at the PRS for Music Members Benevolent Fund. To do that in the most effective way possible we’d love to hear from PRS members.
Please take a couple of minutes… Read More
We’re incredibly saddened to confirm the loss of Ray Davies, our Chairman for over 15 years, and friend for many more.
Ray joined the Committee of Management here at the Fund back in 1994, before becoming Chairman back in 2002,… Read More
Earlier this year you may remember we announced a new holiday scheme – aimed at PRS members who may be struggling and in need of space to create or find respite, kindly funded by the Francis W Reckitt Arts Trust.… Read More
As you may recall, the Lynsey de Paul Prize – our joint programme with the PRS for Music Foundation – has been a huge success since it was launched, continuing Lynsey’s legacy of assisting young women artists taking their first… Read More
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… Read More
As we come to the end of 2016, we reflect on the year and concentrate on our plans to move forward. Please feel free to download the PDF newsletter on this page (at the link below) for full information on… Read More
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.