The Momentum Music Fund is managed by PRS Foundation and awards grants of £5,000 to £15,000 to artists using funds from PRS Foundation, PPL, Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Wales, Welsh Government, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Invest Northern Ireland.
Spotify is the official digital partner on the fund and it contributes additional funding plus a reward package which include promotional opportunities and a close working relationship between the artists and the platform.
Event partner Ben Sherman also offers live opportunities, additional marketing, promotional and bespoke branding support.
Applications for the next round of funding are now open, and the deadline for submissions is 18 November 2019. To apply, please visit prsfoundation.com.
The artists, who have been selected by a network of industry experts, for this round of funding are:
Black Country, New Road – album recording and touring
Snapped Ankles – touring and live show production
ROE – Live show production and touring
TOUTS – album recording
Erland Cooper – touring and recording
Tide Lines – album marketing and PR
SEAZOO – album mastering, marketing, releasing and touring
Venom Prison – album recording, live show production, merchandising, PR and touring
Palm Reader – album recording, live show production, merchandising, PR and touring
Anaïs – album recording, video production and touring
Skengdo & AM – album visuals, touring, merchandising, marketing and PR
Guvna B – touring
Sega Bodega – album mixing and mastering, music video, PR, marketing and touring
Tertia May – EP recording and touring
Momentum supported Anaïs says: ‘This Momentum Music funding is a beautiful opportunity for me to have full autonomy over my work and to take my project and creativity to the next level.’
Joe Frankland, chief executive, PRS Foundation comments: ‘Huge congratulations to the latest round of brilliant artists receiving our Momentum Music Fund support. The strength of talent across the UK is incredibly high so it’s fantastic that the support from partners enables us to reach more music creators at that crucial tipping point to help them get to the next level in their careers.’
Sarah Mitchell, director of member services, PPL, says: ‘The Momentum Music Fund provides crucial support for emerging UK artists. By offering financial backing for activity that could further careers, it acts as an important bridge for those ready to grow their careers. We are excited to see how our contribution and support helps to add to the already high quality of music produced in the UK.’
Jamie Houston, music officer, Creative Scotland, adds: ‘The musicians being supported in this funding round truly reflect the diversity, quality and commercial potential of Scottish music talent. Through benefitting from expert advice and recording and marketing new material, Momentum funding will help Erland Cooper and Tide Lines at a crucial point in their careers.
‘They join an esteemed list of artists from across the UK including Public Service Broadcasting, The Ninth Wave, C Duncan and Kate Tempest, amongst many others who have gone on to establish successful careers thanks to the support of the Momentum programme. We’re delighted to partner with the PRS Foundation to ensure Scotland’s musicians can benefit from this innovate programme and share their music with the world.’
For a full rundown of the artists supported so far, please visit prsfoundation.com.