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Lynsey de Paul Prize

The Lynsey de Paul Prize is an opportunity for emerging female singer-songwriters, set up in collaboration with the PRS for Music Members Benevolent Fund, in memory of Lynsey de Paul, who sadly passed away in 2014.

Lynsey was an award-winning songwriter, producer and presenter who helped pave the way for other women writers in music. Lynsey was the first female songwriter to win an Ivor Novello Award, composed 12 top twenty hit records, and achieved success in a business dominated by male songwriters. As a writer and musician, PRS director, and trustee of the PRS for Music Members Benevolent Fund, Lynsey was aware of the challenges women face in the music industry.

The winner of the Lynsey de Paul Prize will receive a £2,500 development bursary and three runners up will each receive a £750 development bursary. In addition to this, both the winner and runners up will each receive £500 of mentoring support from a music industry expert.

The same awareness of the need to support women music creators drove PRS Foundation to introduce their Women Make Music fund in 2011. The desire to draw attention to the gender gap between men and women music creators has allowed PRS Foundation to support almost 100 projects by female musicians through Women Make Music.


This prize is open to applications from emerging women songwriters, based in the UK, who show great musical ability and promise.

The Application Process

The next deadline is 1 August 2017.