David Bowie: 1947 - 2016

PRS for Music is shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of the legend David Bowie.

David Bowie standing in front of a shiny green background with his hair over his eyes

PRS for Music is shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of the legend David Bowie. With a career that spanned over half a century, his contribution and impact on the UK, and indeed global music industry, simply cannot be overstated and we are privileged to count him as a member. His extraordinarily rich and diverse musical legacy will live on through the music he created and in the inspiration that his creativity will give to future generations of songwriters and artists.


David Bowie has enriched our popular music culture for fifty years or more. His unique talents as both a song writer and performer will ensure his permanent place among the giants of pop history. The creative community who he inspired throughout his life will miss him greatly. He will never be forgotten.

Guy Fletcher, PRS Chairman

The thoughts and best wishes on behalf of PRS for Music go out to his family, friends and fans all across the world at this truly sad time.

About PRS for Music

PRS for Music represents the rights of over 160,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers in the UK and around the world. On behalf of its members, it works diligently to grow and protect the value of their rights and ensure that creators are paid transparently and efficiently whenever their musical compositions and songs are streamed, downloaded, broadcast, performed and played in public. In 2021, 27 trillion performances of music were reported to PRS for Music with £677.2m paid out in royalties to its members, making it one of the world’s leading music collective management organisations.

PRS for Music’s public performance licensing is now carried out on PRS for Music’s behalf by PPL PRS Ltd, the joint venture between PPL and PRS for Music.

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