PRS for Music will once again be going to SXSW and are involved in several activities.

Mark Ryan 1959 – 2011

Mark Ryan, who was a guitarist in an early line-up of Adam and the Ants and several other Punk bands died on 31 January 2011 in Cardiff.

UK composer steals music Oscar

UK songwriter Atticus Ross and Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor have scooped an Oscar for their soundtrack to the film The Social Network. The pair beat Alexandre Desplat (The King’s Speech), Danny Elfman (Alice In Wonderland) and A R Rahman (127 Hours) to pick up the Best Original Score prize in Los Angeles last night.

The Great Escape 2011

PRS for Music is proud to be hosting the opening day of The Great Escape 2011 on Thursday 12th May.

Adele matches Beatles record

Buoyed by her performance at the BRIT Awards last week, Adele has two top-five albums and top-five singles in the charts at the same time, matching a record only held by The Beatles. Adele’s single Someone You Like beat Lady Gaga and Rihanna to the top of the singles chart yesterday, while Rolling In The Deep moved up from number five to four.

Music Makeover

The Royal Oak in Taunton opened its newly-refurbished live music facilities on 17 February thanks to winning a nationwide competition organised by PRS for Music. Last year the pub beat off stiff competition to win the Music Makeover competition run in partnership with the Musician’s Union and the British Beer and Pub Association. The pub received £5000 to spend improving its live music facilities as well as expert advice on staging music events.

Squeeze Musical Heritage plaque is back

Fans of Squeeze and local historians of south-east London will be pleased to know that the PRS for Music Squeeze Musical Heritage Award plaque has been returned to it's rightful place. A crack team of workmen turned up to the Greenwich Dance Agency, arriving in the PRS for Music white van to restore the plaque to the site of Squeeze's first gig.

Live At Leeds line-up

The organisers of the Live At Leeds festival have announced that Anna Calvi (pictured by Emma Nathan), Pulled Apart By Horses and The Duke Spirit are to play this year's festival. The acts join a line-up including Young Knives, The Whip, Slow Club and The Chapman Family and many more.

Almost Famous Showcase

PRS for Music and Club Fandango present ‘Almost Famous’ on Thursday 3rd March, a night showcasing the best new acts in the music industry.