PRS for Music celebrates partnership with BBC Music's Biggest Weekend Fringe

PRS members take part in panels and workshops as part of Fringe events

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As BBC Biggest Weekend Fringe draws to a close, singer-songwriter, producer and PRS for Music member, Iain Archer, explores the power of lyrics on BBC Radio Ulster’s The Arts Show, alongside presenter Marie-Louise Muir, BAFTA nominated writer Glenn Patterson and esteemed author Jan Carson. The ‘Wax Lyrical’ broadcast can be heard on BBC Radio here. Recorded live, Ivor Novello Award-winning songwriter, Archer, who co-wrote the James Bay hit ‘Hold Back The River’, as well as Snow Patrol’s No.1 single ‘Run’ while a member of the band, also hosted a songwriting workshop at Belfast’s Oh Yeah Centre, as part of PRS’ BBC Biggest Weekend Fringe activities in Ireland.

PRS for Music’s partnership with BBC Music for this year’s inaugural Biggest Weekend Fringe, saw a series of collaborative events taking place across the UK to celebrate the art of songwriting, with PRS members including; Amy Wadge, best known for her co-writing with Ed Sheeran; and BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Musician of the Year 2017, Rachel Newton, participating in panels and workshops on songwriting and composition in Perth and Swansea respectively.

At Perth Concert Hall, 24 May, multi-instrumentalist Rachel Newton, conducted a masterclass in composing and traditional arranging, followed by a Q&A with PRS for Music’s Head of Membership Development, Scotland & Northern Ireland, Stuart Fleming. Stuart also headed to Belfast on 22 May to take part in 'Financing The Band', a panel discussing how to make the most of revenue streams, including royalties.

PRS for Music’s Fringe activities culminate today (Friday 25 May) in a special Q&A with songwriter Amy Wadge at Unit Nineteen, Swansea. As well as continuing to tour regularly, Amy’s writing credits include songs for Kacey Musgraves, Kylie Minogue, Janelle Monáe, James Blunt, Ella Henderson, Labrinth, Niall Horan, Dua Lipa, Ms. Dynamite, and Anne Marie, among many others.

BBC Music’s Fringe, a creative 10-day outreach programme, 18-28 May, takes place in the lead up to and across The Biggest Weekend - the BBC’s biggest ever celebration of live music across TV, radio, and online, 25-28 May.

Last year, PRS for Music partnered with BBC Music Introducing for Amplify, a new event for artists and those wanting to work in the music industry. As a leading performance rights organisation, representing more than 130,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers, PRS for Music regularly hosts education and outreach events across the UK, helping music creators take the next step in their careers and how to make money from their music.

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