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

Here for music since 1914, PRS for Music is a world-leading music collective management organisation representing the rights of more than 175,000 talented songwriters, composers and music publishers. Redefining the global standard for music royalties, PRS for Music ensures songwriters and composers are paid whenever their musical compositions and songs are streamed, downloaded, broadcast, performed and played in public. 

For 110 years it has grown and protected the rights of the music creator community, paying out royalties with more accuracy, transparency and speed. In 2023, PRS for Music paid out £943.6m in royalties and collected a record £1.08 billion in revenues.

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