As part of our committment to offer assistance suitable to all of our members, we’ve recently increased our options when it comes to Career Coaching.
Currently on the panel available to members looking for a change of career, or an… Read More
Last week our friends over at Help Musicians UK launched their Health and Wellbeing Month, in conjunction with BAPAM and the Musicians’ Union, focusing on addressing the feedback from their 2015 survey of musicians and their needs.
Now in its… Read More
The Lynsey de Paul Prize is an excellent opportunity for emerging female singer-songwriters, set up in collaboration with the PRS for Music Foundation, in memory of Lynsey de Paul, who sadly passed away in 2014.
Lynsey was an award-winning songwriter,… Read More
Here at the PRS for Music Members Benevolent Fund we recently published our Annual Review, covering all activity throughout 2015. Some of you will have already seen the full review, but for those interested you can now download the PDF… Read More
We are very sad to hear that Sir Peter Maxwell Davies has passed away. Sir Peter became a Patron of the Members Fund in 2006. Two years previously, he had become Master of the Queen’s Music. We are grateful for… Read More
We hosted the first informal Fund Get Together on the 9th March, at PRS for Music, Kings Cross. About 40 members, along with Fund staff and committee, mingled over a drink and nibbles. Entertainment was provided by several members singing… Read More
The newest trustee recruit to the PRS Fund committee, Paulette Long, was in the Queen’s New Year Honours list, receiving an OBE for her services to the music industry.
As well as her Fund work, Paulette is also… Read More
We are saddened to hear of the passing of Wayne Bickerton at the weekend. Wayne was a renowned songwriter who has served as Chairman and Acting Chief Executive of PRS in the 1990s.
With Tony Waddington, he produced and wrote… Read More
Annie Paterson, Welfare Officer
I’m Annie Paterson, the Welfare Officer at the PRS Memebers Fund since July. To those of you I have met so far, a big ‘thank you’ for making me so welcome, and the same to my… Read More
Are you a songwriter? Want to know more about the music business and how it can work better for you? The PRS often hold Soundcheck events where you can find out more. We’ll keep you posted when they come up,… 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.