David Bowie: 1947 - 2016

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


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 125,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK. As a membership organisation it ensures creators are paid whenever their music is played, performed or reproduced, championing the importance of copyright to protect and support the UK music industry. 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.

PRS for Music provides business and community groups with easy access to nearly 15m songs through its music licences. In an industry worth over £4.1bn, PRS for Music is uniquely placed to be a voice for music and music creators. Collecting £621.5m in 2016, PRS for Music is one of the world’s most efficient combined rights organisations. With over 100 representation agreements in place globally, PRS for Music's network represents over two million music creators.