In our latest print edition of M magazine, you’ll find us reeling from the 60th Ivor Novello Awards, which gathered together the great and good of British songwriting for a day of celebrations and fun. From our eccentric cover star Boy George to the classy songwriting talents of Paul Williams and Albert Hammond, we shine a spotlight on some of the ceremony’s biggest winners to learn their creative secrets.
Later, we chat to a diverse clutch of ground breaking songwriters, artists and producers who are rediscovering a love of music hardware. By stepping out from behind their laptops, they are challenging modern music-making convention and taking a leap into the unknown with exciting new gear that’s fit for the 21st century.
Within our business news pages, we’re focusing on the digital music revolution. As the streaming debate continues to rage, we take a look at some of the issues that matter most to songwriters and composers, and ask what the future holds for the wider industry.
PRS for Music Chief Executive Robert Ashcroft also shares his thoughts on the fast-evolving digital landscape and explains some of the steps the society is taking to help protect your rights and royalties online.
Finally, we close with some wise words from kooky Pulp front man Jarvis Cocker. In May, the band unveiled a PRS for Music Heritage Plaque at the Sheffield Leadmill – the site of their first gig back in 1980. In our Picture This slot, Jarvis casts his mind back to that fateful day and reveals what first got him hooked on live performance.
We hope you enjoy your read. As usual, our door is always open to members with an interesting story or those who would like to give us some feedback. You know where to find us…