MP backs launch of music industry apprenticeship scheme

Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna MP has ‘welcomed’ an announcement by PRS for Music, the organisation that collects royalties for over 100,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers,  regarding the launch of its new apprenticeship scheme.

The initiative is backed by the Arts Council’s Creative Employment Programme, delivered by Creative & Cultural Skills, which is contributing £2,000 towards each apprenticeship. Since 2008, Creative & Cultural Skills has created over 3000 Creative Apprenticeships contributing £2.8 million to the local economy.

Initially there are two PRS for Music apprenticeships available for 16–24 year olds who are unemployed, who will be based in IT and Business Development.

Commenting, Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna MP, said: “I welcome the launch of PRS for Music’s new apprenticeship programme, providing young people with the opportunity to work in the music industry, gain valuable experience and develop their careers. We need to do all we can to support employers of all sizes in taking on apprentices. I am particularly pleased that a large employer with a strong presence in my constituency is going to be taking on more apprentices.”

Robert Ashcroft, Chief Executive PRS for Music commented: “One of our core objectives is to support the creativity and talent of our songwriter and music publisher members and it is equally important to develop the talents and experience of both existing and future employees. As the largest employer within the music industry we are delighted to lead the way in offering a younger and vital generation an opportunity to acquire skills and knowledge that will sustain them throughout their careers.”