PRS for Music has reduced the joining rate to £30 for songwriters and composers under the age of twenty-five, the organisation announced today. The new discounted one-off payment gives young music creators lifetime membership and access to the full range of benefits provided by PRS for Music, ensuring they can be paid when their musical compositions and songs are used in the UK and around the world. Membership also provides the opportunity to access funding from PRS Foundation, the leading funder of new music and talent, plus help and support from the Members’ Fund.
The Members’ Council has introduced the reduced rate in response to feedback from young songwriters and composers, and as part of its wider commitment to actively support the next generation of music creators.
Michelle Escoffery, President of the PRS Members’ Council, says, 'Joining PRS is one of the landmark moments in a songwriter’s and composer’s career, it marks the moment when becoming a professional writer, getting paid for your work, becomes a possibility. We all have a duty to support and encourage the next generation of music creators, the PRS members which are going to drive the talent pipeline forward over the next 100 years. As President of the Members’ Council, I have consistently heard for some young writers that the cost of PRS membership has been a disincentive to join, and as such they haven’t had access to the support and systems essential to their career progression. I am, therefore, delighted we have been able to introduce this new discounted joining rate to provide easier access for all music creators, irrespective of their circumstances or background.'
More information is available here.