The campaign, which was officially launched this afternoon (1 October) in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, celebrates the link between high street business and songwriters.
Five emerging local singer-songwriters – Baxter Rhodes, Liam Blake, Matt Fryers, Tom Metcalfe and Seamus McKenna – will be taking to the streets of the city as part of Songs for Manchester to demonstrate this relationship.
Over 15,000 retailers and businesses across Greater Manchester already have a PRS for Music licence which ensures songwriters, composers and publishers are paid whenever their music is played, performed or reproduced.
GoGo Penguin’s pianist Chris Illingworth said: ‘Our inspiration comes from the urban streets of Manchester. We love this city and its melting pot of culture, people music – and everything in between.
‘It’s great that PRS for Music’s Songs for Manchester is celebrating this unique place and the link between music royalties and local businesses – so many careers would not be possible without this support.’
GoGo Penguin’s second album v2.0 has been shortlisted for the 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Prize Album of the Year while multi-award nominated Everything Everything are currently writing their third studio album in Manchester.
Visit Songs for Manchester to find out more about the initiative.