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Gerry Rafferty

Singer-songwriter Gerry Rafferty died from liver disease. He was 63.

Keith Lowde

Keith Lowde, the former MCPS deputy managing director, was killed in a boating accident just after New Year.

PRS chairman awarded OBE

Congratulations to Ellis Rich, the recently retired PRS chairman, who received an OBE for his services to music in the New Year's Honours List.

Gone too Soon – 2011 tributes

2011 will be remembered for many great things in the world of music, but also some notable losses. Here's a reminder of the songwriters, composers and musicians we lost in 2011.

Comment: Defending the right to license

Whenever the opportunity arises, PRS for Music vigorously defends the right to license our members' music, and their right to earn from their creative talent. What do you think?

Captain Beefheart

American musician and artist Don Van Vliet, best known by the stage name Captain Beefheart, has died aged 69.

Open Mic – Sophie Garner

It’s happened to Julie Andrews, and it’s every singer’s worst nightmare. The first of our Open Mic contributors, Sophie Garner, talks about her experience of almost losing her voice after a vocal chord operation and how help came from an unexpected source.

Art of the Song 2 – Rod Temperton

PRS for Music approached some of its most high profile songwriters and composers and asked them to put pen to paper to transcribe their compositions or lyrics to some of our best loved music. Our final song is by former Heatwave keyboardist and legendary songwriter Rod Temperton.

Mac Tontoh

The musician Mac Tontoh, one of the founding members of the acclaimed 70s band Osibisa, has passed away at the age of 69.

Art of the Song 1 – Paul Weller

PRS for Music approached some of its most high profile songwriters and composers and asked them to put pen to paper to transcribe their compositions or lyrics to some of our best loved music. We’re profiling each composition in the month leading up the auction. Today it's the turn of Paul Weller.