PRS for Music launch ‘The Art Of The Song’ auction in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust

PRS for Music, the organisation that collects and pays royalties to its 70,000 song-writing and composing members, has announced an ambitious project to raise vital funds to help young people across the UK fight cancer.

Called ‘The Art of the Song’, the project has asked some of the UK’s best songwriters and composers to donate lyrics from their greatest hits to be auctioned off at Bonhams in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust.

Sir Paul McCartney, Paul Weller, Jim Kerr, Sir Tim Rice, Julian Lennon and Annie Lennox are just some of the famous songwriters that have penned original lyrics from their most famous hits exclusively for the campaign.   As well as raising money for Teenage Cancer Trust the project hopes to create a lasting legacy of the music and song lyrics of our generation.

Those keen to purchase the pieces will have the chance to bid on lyrics including Sting’s - Message in a Bottle, Duran Duran’s - Girls on Film and Sir Tim Rice’s – ‘Don’t Cry for me Argentina’.  Chris Rea has donated his original lyrics written for ‘Road to Hell’ famously penned on the M25.

Teenage Cancer Trust funds specialist teenage cancer units in NHS hospitals that are designed to give teenagers the very best chance of a positive outcome. There are currently 17 of these units across the country, including three in Yorkshire. The charity plans to build a further 16 so that all young people needing hospital treatment for cancer across the UK have access to the dedicated, specialist support they provide.

Teenage Cancer Trust has a strong music heritage. The charity’s annual concerts have become one of the most eagerly anticipated events in the British music calendar. Now into their tenth year, the concerts were the brainchild of Teenage Cancer Trust Patron and The Who frontman Roger Daltrey CBE. Each year, the shows have featured some of the world’s biggest bands and artists.