Like most of the global music community, PRS for Music observed a blackout yesterday, 2 June, to raise awareness of the Black Lives Matter movement and to provoke discussion, debate and meaningful change.
This action comes following days of protests across the US and UK after the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department. Floyd died after a police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes.
PRS write: ‘PRS for Music and the UK is culturally richer and more vibrant because of the contribution and creativity of Black songwriters, composers and publishers. The awful events in the US clearly demonstrate that we all need to do more to tackle the issues this community face.
‘That includes us as a membership organisation. We stand in solidarity with you, our members, as well as the wider Black community in the UK and around the world, against all forms of racism, bigotry and prejudice.
‘Through sharing the thoughts and experiences of our membership, we hope that we can encourage positive change. With that, we are inviting you to send in video messages so that we can amplify your voices.’
Some of PRS for Music's members have shared words in support of #BlackLivesMatter and unite with them in calling out racism. Watch their video messages below.