Despite our pledge two years ago to fully embrace inclusivity and diversity in everything we do, recent events have driven home that we must do more.
Our first response is to take steps to fully understand the different ways our employees and members experience life in our society. We must work together to understand what being anti-racist means and what sustainable steps are needed to tackle inequality in all its forms in our industry.
We will announce soon the initial steps we intend to take in a long-term campaign to make an all-inclusive future possible.
Black Lives Matter
Like most of the global music community, we observed Blackout Tuesday on 2 June 2020, to raise awareness of the Black Lives Matter movement and to provoke discussion, debate and meaningful change.
Some of our members have shared words in support of #BlackLivesMatter and unite with them in calling out racism. Watch their video messages below.
We want to hear your thoughts and experiences on diversity and inclusion in today’s industry, including your interactions with PRS for Music. Through listening and open conversation, we want to understand more about how we can improve as an organisation and better support you as our members.
We'll be holding Listening circles on Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 October. Apply now to secure your space.
PRS Presents Black History Month
In October we'll be airing a special online version of PRS Presents Black History Month. Featuring performances from PRS for Music members and artists who have been funded by PRS Foundation as well as interviews and spotlights on important organisations.
PRS Presents LGBTQ+
In August, PRS for Music and PRS Foundation brought you a special online virtual edition of PRS Presents to celebrate the diversity of our members and the LGBTQ+ community. Hosted by Sabrina Grant, we presented a full packed show including performances from PRS for Music members and Artists who have been funded by PRS Foundation and special contributions from Gendered Intelligence, Pride in Music, Lady Phyll (Co-founder and Executive Director of UK Black Pride) and Paul Kemp (Managing Director of Brighton Pride).
Who We Be sessions
PRS for Music and Spotify hosted an all-star Rap, Grime, R&B and Afrobeats line-up at RAK studios, featuring Big Narstie, Kamille, Nadia Rose, Maverick Sabre and more.
The Who We Be Songwriting Sessions gave some of the finest artists, songwriters and producers the unique opportunity to collaborate at the famous RAK Studios in London, across three days from 1 to 3 October 2019.
For over 100 years, we've been focused on protecting our members' rights, providing the best possible service to them and advocating the true value of music. We welcome change and innovation, and are committed to creating a secure future for our members and for music.