Last Friday, 24 April, PRS for Music kicked off PRS Presents LCKDWN, a 24-hour virtual live show.
Created to further fundraising efforts and raise awareness of the Emergency Relief Fund, the event saw performances from over 50 artists including Tom Walker, Big Narstie, Alfie Boe, Nadia Rose, Joy Crookes, Katie Melua, Nitin Sawhney, Roachford, Linda Perry, Black Futures, KT Tunstall, D.J S.K.T, Oscar Jerome, Yizzy, Tim Wheeler (Ash) and Shadow Child.
Throughout the virtual gig, music royalty, including Melanie C, Nick Mason CBE, Joan Armatrading, Anastacia, Chris Difford, Rick Wakeman, Gary Numan and Peter Gabriel, all sent through video messages in support of the cause.
Andrea C. Martin, chief executive, PRS for Music, said: ‘We have seen first-hand the difference the PRS Emergency Relief Fund has made and I would like to sincerely thank everyone who has donated so far. Our members are under threat as many parts of the music scene grind to a halt. They need to eat, support their families and pay rent – without industry support the future is challenging during this terrible time. Together we can get through this.'
Since its launch, PRS for Music have raised over £2.1 million for the Emergency Relief Fund.
We’ve put together a playlist featuring all the artists who gave up their time to support the cause last weekend.