The Performance Rights Society (PRS) celebrates its 100th birhtday this year. And that’s not all.
The society, which has been the lifeblood for musicians, composers and music publishers across the country since 1914, is also celebrating its 100,000th member.
And that member is Sheffield pop indie band The Gentlemen. Frontman Nick Rognli-Olsen Noble said: “It’s been brilliant. The PRS is essential for any musician. It’s so worthwhile joining because it’s an additional income stream.”
But juggling writing music, touring and being a business manager is not easy for a band.
“It’s hard walking the line between being creative and being about to deal with emails and organise stuff, but you do it because you have to.”
The Gentlemen have spent the last year writing and touring Europe, including a tour of Dutch houses.
“That was brilliant,” said Rognli-Olsen Noble. “The houses were typically Dutch - very quaint and beautiful.”
But for now the band is finalising touches on a new album, which will be released in November.
“The album is called Departures and it’s about our travels as a band. We spent so much time in departure lounges at airports we thought that was appropriate. It captures the essence of what we were doing.”
“It is pretty exciting to be the 100,000th member. It’s a milestone for us and for PRS as it’s almost 100 years old.”