Robert Ashcroft on the intellectual property debate

To much fanfare, the Government has announced a plan to turn the East End of London into the UK’s equivalent of Silicon Valley. The British press highlighted the epicentre of this project as a roundabout in Shoreditch, so needless to say we can now look forward to having ‘Silicon Roundabout’.

Hardest Working Bands

PRS for Music Announces Britain’s Hardest Working Bands of 2010. Peter Andre has been crowned the most performed artist to headline at Major Venues for 2010 by PRS for Music.

Mick Karn

Mick Karn, multi-instrumentalist and former bass player with the group Japan has died of cancer. He was 52.

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?