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Nitin Sawhney announced as PRS Foundation’s new Chair of Trustees

We are excited to announce that Nitin Sawhney CBE has been appointed the new Chair of the Board of Trustees for PRS Foundation.

The Ivor Novello Lifetime Achievement Award winning Nitin Sawhney joins the board after more than two decades as a widely critically acclaimed world-class producer, songwriter, DJ, multi-instrumentalist, orchestral composer and cultural pioneer.

As PRS Foundation’s Chair, Nitin Sawhney will lead the Board and support the Foundation through its next phase of development, ensuring more vital and timely support than ever before is given to the hundreds of talented music creators and pioneering organisations each year.

Nitin Sawhney said about the appointment

“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.  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.”

Joe Frankland, CEO of PRS Foundation said

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.

On outgoing Chair, Simon Platz (Bucks Music Group), Frankland said

“We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to Simon Platz whose dedicated tenure as PRS Foundation Trustee for the past decade has had a huge impact on the direction the organisation has taken. His contribution as Chair since September 2018 has been invaluable, particularly as the Foundation responds to Covid-19 and the changing needs of music creators. We look forward to a continued strong relationship with Simon and other PRS for Music Board members.”


In addition to becoming PRS Foundation Chair, Nitin Sawhney continues his creative output with his new single “You Are” which is released on Friday 1 May 2020 on Sony Music Masterworks and he will also be performing at the PRS Presents LCKDWN virtual 24 hour event on Friday 25 April 2020 with the likes of Black Futures, Joy Crookes, Katie Melua, KT Tunstall, Linda Perry and Nadia Rose to raise money for PRS for Music’s Emergency Relief Fund.