PRS Members’ Fund for classical composers

PRS Members’ Fund interviewed Sally Beamish, Paul Patterson and Nigel Hess to raise awareness of the support available for PRS composers working within the classical music field.

Maya Radcliffe
  • By Maya Radcliffe
  • 22 Sep 2020
  • min read

The coronavirus crisis has been devastating for the classical music community and for many musicians and composers, COVID-19 has had life-changing consequences. 

A staggering finding from a new survey conducted by the Musicians' Union says 34 percent of UK musicians are thinking about leaving the music business altogether. Two in five musicians currently have no gigs booked between now and the end of December and are suffering through the financial impacts. 

Before the pandemic tightened its grip on the music community, PRS Members’ Fund interviewed classical composer and violist Sally Beamish, as well as classical and media composers Paul Patterson and Nigel Hess, who are both trustees of the Fund.

The interviews have been turned into a short film and are intended to encourage PRS members who are experiencing hard times to get in touch with the Fund. 

Watch the video below.