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How You Can Support the Fund

 

The PRS for Music Members Benevolent Fund has been helping songwriters and composers in times of crisis since the 1930s. But we are only able to do this thanks to your generosity.

By donating to us today you can help us provide:

  • Free specialist medical diagnostic assessments
  • One-off grants in times of crisis
  • Regular assistance to cover basic living necessities
  • Sheltered accommodation for older members
  • Specialist financial advice

Most importantly, we are a friendly, helpful source of support when members feel they have nowhere to turn to. Please continue to support us!

 

How you can help
We rely on PRS members to spread the word about what we do and to make donations. There are a number of ways that you can help. Click on each point to find out more.

Did you Know?
In 2014 we made 474 regular weekly grants to older or disabled beneficiaries.

Last year 50 vulnerable members received help with their winter heating costs totalling £27,310.

In 2014 we awarded 1,125 grants totalling £402,223 to members who needed our help.

 

With your support we are able to turn around the lives of current and former PRS members.
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“I know many songwriters and composers who have fallen on hard times through no fault of their own – you do if you spend four decades in the music business. Anything and everything that you are able to give will mean that they have somewhere to turn to in times of trouble.” – Sir Tim Rice

 

Read How Your Donations Make a Difference
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Quote from Jim

I’m a singer and guitarist and was suffering from a seized-up shoulder and depression. I turned to the PRS for Music Members Fund for help and they arranged a free diagnostic appointment with BAPAM. It literally saved my life, my relationship, my job and my sanity.

 

Quote from Mr D

I was 57 and had been a musician all my working life until the onset of arthritis and the constant pain in my neck and shoulders forced me to stop. My social worker got in touch with the PRS for Music Members Fund, and I now receive regular financial support. This has made an enormous difference to the quality of my life. Thank you.

 

I got in touch with the Fund when the responsibilities of caring for my wife with breast cancer and looking after my disabled son meant that I couldn’t work. They gave me an immediate needs grant of £500 and put me in touch with a specialist money advisor. My wife is now in remission but caring for our son is emotionally and physically demanding so they’ve arranged a weekly grant to help with home insurance and the bills. – Mr A
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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