GoGo Penguin launch Songs for Manchester

GogpenguinwebMercury Prize nominated jazz group GoGo Penguin and indie rockers Everything Everything have helped launch PRS for Music’s Songs for Manchester.

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.

Check out our interviews with some of the local songwriters involved in the project including Baxter Rhodes, Liam Blake and Matt Fryers.