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PRS for Music pays tribute to board member Lynsey de Paul 

2 October 2014

It is with great sadness that PRS for Music confirms its Board member, Lynsey de Paul, died unexpectedly of a brain haemorrhage on 1 October 2014. 

Lynsey enjoyed an extremely distinguished career as a songwriter. Beginning in 1971, she wrote numerous top twenty hit records and theme tunes and was the first woman to receive an Ivor Novello Award.

Her accomplishments extended beyond songwriting. In the early 1990s she released a self-defence film for women and presented a documentary on the subject for which she earned a Royal Television Society Award. Her film was updated and released again in 2006.

Lynsey served as a highly valued PRS Board Director from 2006 and was also a Trustee of the Members Benevolent Fund.

Guy Fletcher OBE, PRS Chair: “I am devastated that my dear friend and colleague of forty years has passed away. Lynsey was an inspiration to all who met her – immensely talented, passionate and a natural people person. She was an active role model for PRS for Music and a pioneering female songwriter. This is a tragic loss for our organisation and the music industry. She will be deeply missed.”

Robert Ashcroft, PRS for Music Chief Executive: “I am shocked that such a vital and vibrant member of our Board has passed away so suddenly. Lynsey was a great champion of songwriter’s rights and played an esteemed role promoting the value of music. It was truly an honour to know and work with Lynsey. We will all feel her loss for years to come.”

About PRS for Music

PRS for Music represents the rights of over 125,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK. As a membership organisation it ensures creators are paid whenever their music is played, performed or reproduced, championing the importance of copyright to protect and support the UK music industry. The UK has a proud tradition of creating wonderful music that is enjoyed the world over and PRS for Music has been supporting the creators of that music since 1914.

PRS for Music provides business and community groups with easy access to over 10m songs through its music licences. In an industry worth over £4.1bn PRS for Music is uniquely placed to be a voice for music and music creators. Collecting £537.4m in 2015, PRS for Music is one of the world’s most efficient combined rights organisations. With over 100 representation agreements in place globally, PRS for Music's network represents over two million music creators.

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