PRS for Music’s centenary marks 100 years of music

PRS for Music is celebrating its centenary anniversary with the launch of a series of events.

Jim Ottewill
  • By Jim Ottewill
  • 6 Mar 2014
  • min read
PRS for Music is celebrating its 100 year anniversary with the launch of a series of centenary events.

The UK’s collecting society’s anniversary celebrations begin with the 100 Years of Music photography exhibition at Getty Images Gallery, London.

The exhibition features a range of songwriters and composers including British composer, Sir John Tavener, Ivor Novello winner, Joan Armatrading MBE and Live Aid founders, Bob Geldof KBE and Midge Ure OBE as well as images taken by acclaimed photographer, Lucy Sewill.

Guy Fletcher OBE, PRS chair, said:Our members are at the heart of everything we do, so it’s fitting that they take centre stage of our centenary celebrations.

‘Our members provide the soundtrack to your life. We are so proud of what has been written, performed and accomplished in the last 100 years and our exhibition at Getty Images Gallery is a great way to kick start the year’s celebrations. It sets the benchmark for another century of brilliant creative talent.’

Robert Ashcroft, PRS for Music chief executive, said: ‘PRS for Music is at the heart of the UK’s creative industry and is the lifeblood of both grassroots musicians and those loved on the global stage.

‘The UK has a proud tradition of creating wonderful music that is enjoyed the world over and PRS for Music has been supporting the creators of that music since 1914. While the world of music has changed enormously in the last century - from sheet music to streaming - one thing hasn’t changed: our commitment to ensuring songwriters and composers are recognised and remunerated fairly for their work.’

A series of centenary events are taking place around the UK throughout the year to celebrate songwriting. The programme includes a piece of work to be performed by the Royal Edinburgh Tattoo in the summer and the 100 Years of Music event at the Royal Albert Hall in November.

PRS for Music (formerly The Performing Right Society) was founded by renowned music publishers, William Boosey and Oliver Hawkes. The duo later became one of the world’s largest classical music publishers representing the rights of works by Bartók, Leonard Bernstein, Britten, Copland, Kodály, Mahler, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Richard Strauss and Stravinsky.

Visit PRS for Music's centenary website for all information surrounding the celebrations and the event programme.

Check out the PRS for Music centenary supplement in the latest issue of Music Week below.