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.'