The Class of 2011

PRS for Music brought together a group of its youngest earning members earlier today to hold its annual ‘Class of 2011 event’.  Celebrating the next generation of composing and songwriting talent the event gave the attendees, all aged 16-19 a chance to speak with industry experts and get advice on becoming more successful in the music industry.

BBC 6 music presenter Matt Everitt, chart-topping rapper, Wretch 32, and top promoter Tony Moore talked about their career experience with advice and tips to encourage and support the young songwriters.

Guy Fletcher OBE, chairman of PRS and host of the Class of 2011 event, said: ‘It’s fantastic to bring these rising stars of the songwriting world together and celebrate their achievements.   For the music industry in the UK to continue to thrive and be so successful we need these young people to stick at what they’re doing which is why it’s so important to help and encourage them as much as we can with events like these.  Our members depend on their royalties to keep creating the music we all love so I hope they’ve found the advice given useful to help them continue to do that’.

The song-writers came from all parts of the UK and a mix of music genres:

Fred Cox, aged 19 is a professional songwriter/ producer originally from the West Midlands

Ian ‘Maxsta’ Koromah, aged 18, is a Grime MC from East Ham

Progressive pop band Egyptian Hip Hop from Greater Manchester, the band members are Alex Hewett, Louis Stevenson-Miller, Alex Pierce and Nick Delap

Misty Miller, a singer songwriter aged 16 from South-West London

Max Brodie, aged 19 from Chester is a successful media composer

Matthew Thompson, aged 17 from Reading is the songwriter behind the band Peers

Teenage psychedelic band Sen Segur from Gwynedd, aged 17 – 19

Sarah Horn, aged 18 from Wakefield is a contemporary folk musician

Baz Barwick, aged 19 from Wales, is the songwriter behind folk-fusion band One String Loose

Leeds based trio Penguin – Matt Cornish, Joel Small and Danny Prochera all 18

Emma Jane Downing, aged 19, from Sandown on the Isle of Wight

Fabio Lendrum, 19 years old, from London, has already signed a worldwide deal with Warner Records

Ryan Thompson, aged 19 from County Down in Northern Ireland completed his first song aged 17

Lea-Anna Gallimore, 19, from London, wrote her first song, ‘If you’ve got love’, with her mum, aged just 9

The Class of 2011 event included advice from Gemma Kenyon from PRS for Music’s Membership department on making the most of a PRS for Music membership and Laura Whitticase from the PRS for Music Foundation who talked through funding opportunities.