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Nitin Sawhney to chair PRS Foundation

By | Published on Wednesday 22 April 2020

Nitin Sawhney

Music charity the PRS Foundation has announced Nitin Sawhney as the new Chair of its board. He takes over from Bucks Music MD Simon Platz who has chaired the charity’s board of trustees since 2018.

Commenting on his new role, Sawhney says: “I am excited to be joining PRS Foundation as Chair of trustees. The long-term impact of the charity’s work was clearly seen last year with critical and commercial success for grantees including award winners Dave, Charlotte Bray, Little Simz, Sam Fender and Anna Meredith”.

“The pioneering talent development the Foundation offers is more important now than ever and their collaborative and inclusive approach ensures that the success of the music they fund is driven by the exciting and diverse music creators who make it”, he goes on. “So I’m looking forward to working with the board, Joe and the team and partner organisations to help guide and champion this vital work”.

The there-mentioned Joe is the Foundation’s CEO Joe Frankland, who adds: “I am delighted to welcome Nitin Sawhney as our new Chair. Nitin’s experience as a composer and creator and in the wider arts sector will be a huge asset to the organisation and will help to steer our exciting next phase. I look forward to working with him, our board and partners as we continue to support the changing needs of outstanding music creators”.

In addition to the range of funding initiatives already provided by the PRS Foundation, the organisation recently launched a Spotify-backed fund specific to COVID-19 called the
Sustaining Creativity Fund.

Seeking to complement the existing COVID-19 hardship funds set up by PRS itself and other charities like Help Musicians, this scheme is also “designed for music creators experiencing hardship from loss of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic”, but specifically seeks to “help UK music creators to do what they do best, using a new model to support music making, however that looks”. There’s more info here.