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‘I would like to see PRS become a true reflection of its diverse membership’ – Music Business Worldwide

Stellar Songs co-founder Danny D (Danny Poku) is presently operating for election as a Writer Candidate to the  Members’ Council of PRS For Music within the UK.

He loved success an artist, author, re-mixer and producer and obtained his first break as an govt as an A&R at Chrysalis Records. In the late nineties, he based a suite of firms along with his enterprise associate, Tim Blacksmith.

Today, amongst different issues, they co-handle the Norwegian writing and manufacturing duo, Stargate, and run Stellar Songs, one of essentially the most revered impartial publishing firms within the enterprise.

Here, he tells MBW why he believes he’s the suitable man for the PRS Council…


What are the largest points that want addressing within the PRS world, and the way do you propose to deal with them?

A principal precedence for me is to enhance PRS engagement at grass roots degree. Our younger creatives coming into the enterprise don’t know what PRS is, not to mention what providers it gives to who.

It could also be okay in case you go to college, as there appears to be engagement at that degree, however what in case you don’t?  Where do folks like me, who come from council estates, who’re making music within the bedrooms go? Who is there for them?

PRS needs to be one the primary locations they go to for steering and path, however that’s not occurring and I consider that is an space the place I may also help provoke change .

“Where do people like me, who come from council estates, who are making music in the bedrooms go? Who is there for them?”

The trade that we’re all a half of continues to make strides to guarantee larger variety and inclusion in any respect ranges and I would like to see PRS perceive how necessary it’s for its members to see themselves represented inside the organisation, for it to become a true reflection of its diverse membership.

At the second, that isn’t occurring, and it’s one thing that I’m captivated with attempting to change

We additionally want to proceed to tackle the challenges that songwriters face within the twenty first century music enterprise. As a songwriter myself, I’ll all the time combat to be sure that writers are protected, that they earn a honest and equitable fee for his or her works, and that PRS continues to combat for the suitable of all of them on this altering panorama


Why you and why now?

Why me? Why not! My wealth of expertise in so many various features of this enterprise as a black man provides me a nice overview on what is required and demanded from all our creatives however particularly from my neighborhood.

“It’s time to share my knowledge and experience so that the generations to come can benefit from what I’ve learnt in my many years in the business.”

And as for why now: it feels proper; I really feel proper. It’s time to share my information and expertise in order that the generations to come can profit from what I’ve learnt in my a few years within the enterprise, in addition to exhibiting them a pathway the place they can also see the likelihood of sitting on a board like PRS.


Diversity is a matter throughout the trade, however particularly at board degree, within the company world and throughout commerce our bodies and assortment societies. How large a precedence is it to tackle that?

To impact actual change and champion variety and inclusion, our neighborhood can’t make that change if we’re not ready to get up, be counted and demand to have our voices heard. It’s time for me to apply what I preach which is to get up and be sure that we’ve a seat on the desk

It is necessary to have a diverse vary of voices on the high desk who can collectively encourage and innovate. That degree of variety will give PRS a bigger pool of expertise and distinctive factors of view which can in the end have optimistic influence .

“I’m hoping that, should I be elected, I can be a conduit for real change.”

My expertise as a author, artist, producer and a writer provides me a distinctive voice and place that may assist to shift that dial as they’re lagging behind.

With a rising base of executives of all colors and genders rising within the totally different areas of our enterprise, and a clamour for continued variety and inclusion, I’m hoping that, ought to I be elected, I might be a conduit for actual change and that PRS will proceed to embrace the broader adjustments amongst their membership board.


Eligible PRS members can vote right here.Music Business Worldwide

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