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PRS Members' Fund interview Jaelee Small and Mike Lindup

Beneficiary Jaelee Small and trustee Mike Lindup reflect on Black History Month and their experiences working alongside PRS Members’ Fund.

Maya Radcliffe
  • By Maya Radcliffe
  • 23 Oct 2020
  • min read

To celebrate Black History Month, and to honour the contributions that Black songwriters and composers have made to the music industry, PRS Members’ Fund have interviewed Fund beneficiary Jaelee Small.

Jaelee is the daughter of Jamaican singer-songwriter Millie Small, who died last May. Her hit single My Boy Lollipop reached number two in both US and the UK chart in 1964 and remains one of the biggest-selling ska songs of all the time, with more than seven million sales.

Discussing Black History Month, Jaelee says: ‘During this Black History Month I would like to encourage everyone to reflect on the immense contribution of black immigrant communities to the cultural life in Britain and how much richer and joyful our lives are for the wonderful music, art and drama that my mom and thousands of others have brought into mine and your lives.’

Jaelee Small appeared in last night’s virtual edition of PRS Presents. You can watch the video interview below.

The Fund also took the opportunity to interview trustee Mike Lindup, founding member, keyboard player and vocalist of the band Level 42.

Discussing Black History Month, Lindup states: ‘BHM highlights the fragile nature of our humanity and addresses mistakes made in the past, which we can no longer commit or deny.’

Watch the interview in full below.

Nicky Graham, chairman, PRS Members’ Fund, said: ‘I was born in South Africa and spent a large part of my youth working with African musicians before coming home to the UK. I continue to work with many black artists in my career including Johnny Nash and Johnny Mathis as well as our own trustee member Kim Appleby. As chairman of the Fund I think Black History Month is a wonderful celebration of the contribution of black people to the richness and diversity of this country, not only as citizens but in the Arts and Music.’