Playlist: PRS Emergency Relief Fund

We asked the team going through the thousands of applications that have been submitted to the ERF what music they’ve been listening to in the process.

Maya Radcliffe
  • By Maya Radcliffe
  • 3 Apr 2020
  • min read

PRS for Music has come together with PRS Members’ Fund and the PRS Foundation to launch the PRS Emergency Relief Fund.   

The fund is designed to help those facing significant financial pressure as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. It is available to writer members who have been a PRS member for at least two years and have earnt over £500 in royalties.

Andrea C. Martin, chief executive officer, PRS for Music, said: ‘Our members are under threat as many parts of the music scene grind to a halt. They look to PRS for leadership, for support and to be the best and most trusted collecting society in the world. Members need to eat, support their families and pay rents – without industry support the future is challenging during this terrible time. Together we can get through this.’

We asked the team going through the thousands of applications that have been submitted what music they’ve been listening to.

Tune in down below. 

Porgy and Bess - Summertime (Performed by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong)

Liz Kenneally – Business change manager 

'I always used to sing this to my children when they were little and the sun was shining – not quite to the standard of Ella Fitzgerald, but it was sung with love!'

Glowe – Overwhelmed 

Danielle Reginiano – Marketing executive 

'This song was released last week and since the release I’ve found myself listening to it every day. Glowe is a real talent and she is quickly gaining more focussed attention from the music industry. I encourage you all to listen to this track and to also, check out her previous releases. Each song connects on a personal level, whilst her soothing voice helps you to stay calm in these anxiety inducing times.'

Pongo - Uwa

Amy Field - Senior Events Manager 

'It is the first song that made me dance in all this madness!'

Alabaster Deplume – If You’re Sure You Want To

Paul Nichols - Creative services manager 

'Beautiful, atmospheric, calming. Transports me to another era. Kick back and soak it all in. The whole album (To Cy & Lee Instrumentals Vol 1.) is just wonderful.'

Chloe Foy -  Callous Copper

Daniel Jones – Education & outreach manager

'I can’t understand why Chloe isn’t a household name already, every time she puts out a new release it absolutely floors me. With heartfelt strings and her signature soaring vocals, ‘Callous Copper’ from her latest EP showcases the Manchester-based artist at her very finest.'

Dua Lipa – Hallucinate

Kyle Fisher – Social media executive

'Taken from her latest album, it’s a great pop song and I’ve been chair dancing to it whilst working.' 

Prince – 1999

Catherine Donnelly - Team service delivery coordinator

'I’ll turn it up loud and sing a long!'

Morcheeba – Enjoy the ride

Savvina Papadaki – Public affairs advisor

'I really like this song and it makes me think that we need to appreciate what we have as I don’t always do.'

Dua Lipa - Physical

Siobhan Collins - PR and communications executive 

'If that beat doesn’t make you get up from your kitchen table and dance, nothing will!'

Arcane Roots - Off the Floor

Damon Rickard - Senior operations improvement & optimisation manager

'Its just one I love listening to. Not many songs I can listen to over and over in a row, but that is one.'

Keep the Faith - Bon Jovi

Sean Edwards – Distribution performance & workflow manager

'With everything that’s going on at the moment, it seems like an appropriate song choice, and is a classic!'

Nineteen Forever – The Courteeners

Chris Betts - Distribution operations coordinator 

'The Courteeners are one of my favourite bands from my teen years and I always can relate back to this song, when everything was so much more simpler and there were so little worries. They are also amazing live and set the place alight when they perform.'

Brooklyn - Fickle Friends

Rachael Naylor – Director of operations & royalty distributions 

Silvestre – After Da Party 

Liz Trafford-Owen – Senior partner manager

'If I can’t go out to a club and dance in front of a loud bass speaker, I will pretend at home by listening to this and dancing around my sitting room!'

The Offspring- Defy you

Dominika Welc - Distribution operations coordinator

'I have been a massive fan since I was 11, and was hoping to see them at Download festival this year. Since it’s been cancelled, it’s number one on my playlist. I like the lyrics more now, given the circumstances.'

The Shapeshifters - Lola’s Theme

Kristy Poulton – Senior marketing executive

'It’s a happy tune, gets me going and reminds me of my clubbing days.'

Daphni – Sizzling

Olga Mihailova-Munday – Partner operations specialist

'This song always gets me in the Friday mood, even in lockdown.'

Goldie - Inner City Life (Burial Remix)

Jack Newhouse – Team service delivery coordinator

'Seems apt with the current situation!'

Shaun Escoffery - Days Like This (Spinna & Ticklah Mix)

Andy Ellis – Senior education & outreach manager

Blackberry - The Black Crowes 

Jane Lowles – Research officer

'An oldie but a goodie that I’ve rediscovered since digging out my old iPod recently. Gets my toes tapping every time!'

Torey Lanez ft Lloyd & lil Wayne – Thoughts

Jason Francis - Digital Services Executive

'Great track from one of my favourite albums, one I listen to on repeat. A fresh take on a classic R&B track.'

The Beatles - Here Comes the Sun

Sue O’Brien – Research officer

'Apart from being a beautiful song, it’s just simply a song of hope. We must remember that however bad things get, the sun will always rise the next day!'

Wrong Side of the Tracks - Mystery Jets

Richard Hughes – Head of strategy and CEO office

'It’s a great song. Blaine, their lead singer, has spina bifida which has caused some setbacks for the band but they don’t let this stop their creativity. A great message in these unsettled times!'

C.L.A.U.D.I.A -  Vukovi

Sabrina Curpanen – Research officer

Lord Tanamo - I’m In The Mood For Love

Anne-Sophie Lauriou – Senior Partner Manager (North APAC)

'It’s an upbeat reggae song filled with sunshine, love and positivity.'

Head here for more on how to apply for the Emergency Relief Fund. 

If you would like to donate to the fund, you can do so here.