Fiona Bevan is a multi-platinum selling British/Canadian songwriter. She wrote One Direction’s hit single Little Things with Ed Sheeran which reached number 1 in 13 countries and earned them a BMI Award. Fiona has been writing hit songs for other artists including Kylie, with her number 1 album, the Steps comeback single Scared Of The Dark (iTunes number 1), and singles for Backstreet Boys with Shawn Mendes and Ryan Tedder, Lewis Capaldi, Tom Walker, Stefflon Don, Aurora, Joy Crookes, 5 Seconds Of Summer, Mika, Billie Marten, James Morrison, Natalie Prass and Matthew E. White. She has also recently been writing with Natalie Imbruglia, Lennon Stella, Lukas Nelson, Amos Lee and Luke Sital-Singh.
Fiona Bevan is also a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist creating ‘startling odysseys that suggest Erykah Badu, Joanna Newsom and Kate Bush spine-tinglingly joined’ (The Guardian). Her latest EP was produced by Grammy winner Robin Baynton (Mumford And Sons, Laura Marling, Isaac Gracie), released independently, and went straight to number 2 in France, and number 7 in both the UK and Canada iTunes singer-songwriter charts. The EP was an eagerly awaited follow up to Fiona’s debut studio album, Talk To Strangers, which was included in iTunes ‘Best Of 2014’ and released in the UK, Europe, Australia, Japan, and USA and Canada in conjunction with Universal Canada.
Fiona has toured with Ruston Kelly and The Wandering Hearts, after they met onstage playing at The Bluebird in Nashville. Fiona has also toured with Ed Sheeran, Nick Mulvey, Ingrid Michaelson, Adam Ant, and in Canada with Hawksley Workman, and has played onstage accompanying Anoushka Shankar and Nitin Sawhney.
In 2018 she was a judge for the Ivor Novello Awards. Fiona spent lockdown creating Red Velvet Sessions, a world-class HD live stream theatre in her living room, and is now writing a new album.
I would be honoured to join the PRS Members’ Council and believe my voice would be very constructive. As an active multi-platinum songwriter, as well as an artist who releases, tours internationally and runs my own company, I’m constantly liaising with, and listening to, other writers, artists and producers. This gives me a strong insight into the breadth of creators’ viewpoints and a deep knowledge of the struggles we currently face.
As a Council Member, I would continue building on my work in fighting for the rights of the songwriter community. I recently represented UK songwriters by giving evidence to the DCMS Committee ‘Economics of Music Streaming’ inquiry; I informed MPs about the needs of songwriters at this moment of crisis when low streaming income intersects with the ramifications of Brexit and COVID-19. As a member of the Ivors Academy Songwriter Committee I am constantly learning about the challenges faced by songwriters and proactively strategising to make the music industry a better, fairer place for creatives. I have also volunteered directly for PRS in the past, including meeting with members of the House of Lords, and with MEPs in Brussels, to help advocate for the implementation of the EU Copyright Directive.
I believe a panel must represent the members they serve, and as a female in the music industry, I am passionate about promoting diversity. I have taken part in the Ivors Academy’s unconscious bias training, and I’m proud that my input in Ivors meetings has helped shape vital conversations and protocols around equality and diversity. As one of very few women on the PRS Members’ Council, I would energetically continue this work, helping PRS leadership authentically represent, and connect to, the membership base, understand the barriers women often face, and help address the complex issues in the everchanging music industry.