PRS for Music honours The BRIT School with Heritage Award

Accolade presented to BRIT School to acknowledge the iconic school’s contributions to music and the arts as part of their 30th anniversary events.

BRIT School Performance
Above: Students performing at The BRIT School

With Croydon now confirmed as the ‘London Borough of Culture 2023’, PRS for Music are proud to honour The BRIT School with a Heritage Award on 22 July; an acknowledgement of the school’s exceptional and ongoing contributions to music and the arts for the last 30 years.

The PRS for Music Heritage Award recognises institutions which have played a crucial role in the UK music landscape. Previous recipients have included The Dublin Castle (Madness’ first performance), The Blitz Club (Spandau Ballet’s first performance), The Electric, Brixton (Soul II Soul’s first performance) and The Duke of York Pub, Belfast (Snow Patrol’s first performance) to name a few. 

BRIT School Principal Stuart Worden will receive the award alongside recent BRIT School graduate Sapphire Walters who performs as Young Athena as part of the culmination of the BRIT School’s 30th anniversary celebrations. The Heritage Award plaque will be permanently installed at the school’s Obie Theatre, named after legendary music executive Maurice Oberstein.

The BRIT School is renowned for nurturing illustrious musical careers for, Adele FKA Twigs, Black Midi, Leona Lewis, King Krule, Kae Tempest, among many others.


PRS proudly supports emerging artists, songwriters and composers throughout their careers through education, mentoring and partnerships. The opportunity to support a school that has a strong vision to nurture and develop young people for the music industry, is an honour for us. I am encouraged by the knowledge exchange that the BRIT School have with PRS and hope to continue to support in all the ways that we can.

Andrea Czapary Martin, CEO, PRS for Music



There are a multitude of barriers faced by young people who want to pursue music and the creative arts. I believe the work that the BRIT School do in ensuring that these barriers are broken, is a testament to their unique educational approach, that focuses on the individual.

Nigel Elderton, Chair of the PRS Members' Council



This is a great moment in our 30th Anniversary year. PRS for Music have always believed in this school, and we have benefited from their advice and help. It has been a real joy to see the school grows and grows and make such an impact on the world of music, and all creative industries. Here’s to 30 more.

Stuart Worden, Principal, The BRIT School


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.

About The BRIT School

The BRIT School is the UK’s first and leading free performing and creative arts school for 1,400 young people aged 14 to 19. The School – an exempt charity based in Croydon – invests in the future of the UK’s cultural wealth by nurturing young artistic talent from all backgrounds and teaching the skills needed by the rapidly growing creative industries. We believe that young people of all backgrounds should be able to develop their creative talent and craft and make a powerful contibution to society. 

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