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?

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.