Right Said Fred, Self Esteem, Big Joanie, Bishi and Abisha to perform at PRS Presents LGBTQ+
Watch on the PRS for Music YouTube channel, Thursday 27 August at 6pm
PRS for Music, in collaboration with its charity partner PRS Foundation, has announced the line-up for its latest virtual event. PRS Presents LGBTQ+ will celebrate the diversity of the organisation’s membership and the wider LGBTQ+ music community.
Taking place on Thursday 27 August from 6pm on PRS for Music’s YouTube channel, PRS Presents LGBTQ+ will see performances from acclaimed music creators including pop icons Right Said Fred, Rebecca Lucy Taylor of Slow Club’s solo project Self Esteem, Black feminist punks Big Joanie, multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter Bishi and rising London based alt-R&B star Abisha.
Hosted by award-winning presenter Sabrina Grant, the packed virtual event will also include contributions and interviews with notable LGBTQ+ organisations and charities including Gendered Intelligence, Pride in Music, Co-founder and Executive Director of UK Black Pride, Lady Phyll, and Managing Director of Brighton Pride, Paul Kemp.
PRS Presents LGBTQ+ follows PRS Presents LCKDWN, a 24-hour virtual event that took place in April, with over 50 artists from across four continents performing in aid of the PRS Emergency Relief Fund, supporting music creators facing significant financial hardship as a result of the global coronavirus pandemic. To date, the PRS Emergency Relief Fund has raised £2.1 million and helped over 4000 creators in need.
We can’t wait to take part in PRS Presents LGBTQ+. Though we are unable to perform and meet with everyone in person at the moment, it’s great that we can get together and celebrate virtually as part of this spectacular line-up.
PRS Presents LGBTQ+ will be a true celebration of a wonderfully inclusive community and I am proud to be involved in the event. I’m looking forward to sharing my music with everyone and watching all involved express their creativity and passion in front of a global audience.
In these unprecedented times, we are fortunate enough to be able to bring our PRS Presents live series to the virtual stage, free for anyone to attend. PRS Presents LGBTQ+ features some amazing music creators and contributions from those at the heart of the LGBTQ+ community and we’d like to thank PRS Foundation for their help in putting the event together.
The success of the music we fund is driven by the diversity of those who create it. This collaboration with PRS for Music is a chance to shine a spotlight on some brilliant LGBTQ+ artists that we have supported in recent years including Bishi and Self Esteem, both receivers of The Open Fund and Big Joanie, who received funding to perform at SXSW. Representation really does matter, so we’re looking forward to celebrating and highlighting our valued LGBTQ+ community on Thursday.
About PRS for Music
PRS for Music represents the rights of songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK and around the world. As a membership organisation it works to ensure that creators are paid whenever their musical compositions and songs are streamed, downloaded, broadcast, performed and played in public. In 2019, 18.8 trillion performances of music were reported to PRS for Music with £810.8m collected on behalf of its members, making it one of the world’s leading music collective management organisations.
About PRS Foundation
PRS Foundation is the UK's leading charitable funder of new music and talent development. Since 2000 PRS Foundation has given more than £35 million to over 7,300 new music initiatives by awarding grants and leading partnership programmes that support music sector development. Widely respected as an adventurous and proactive funding body, PRS Foundation supports an exceptional range of new music activity – from composer residencies and commissions to a network of talent development partners and showcases in the UK and overseas.