Ghostpoet, East India Youth scoop Momentum funding

Mercury Prize nominee Ghostpoet, pop polymath Beth Jeans Houghton and rising electronic star East India Youth are among the latest batch of artists to receive Momentum funding.

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 14 Apr 2014
  • min read
They have been joined by Elephant, Glitches, Auntie Flo, Smiler and Years & Years, who will each receive between £5,000 and £15,000 to help advance their careers.

These artists have joined a growing list of hotly-tipped new talent, a number of which are already achieving real career breakthroughs as a result of their funding.

Since The Wytches received funding to record their debut album, they have been signed by Heavenly Records. Thumpers are also on a high, having signed with Sub Pop after receiving funding for their tour with Chvrches and single campaigns.

The Foundation said that the huge demand for Momentum funding shows no sign of slowing down. Now a year on since its launch, nearly 1,500 funding applications have been submitted and 34 artists have been supported.

Commenting his Momentum funding, Ghostpoet said: ‘This welcomed fund will enable me to fulfill my dream of creating a third record and keep the momentum going in my career.’

Beth Jeans Houghton said: ‘This will make a fundamental difference to the quality of my work on the record. I endeavour to make the best use of this grant and thank all involved in making it available to us at this crucial stage in the recording process.’

The next Momentum application deadline is 3 June, with two more to come over the year.

Information about deadlines, Momentum artists and how to apply can be found at

Momentum is managed by PRS for Music Foundation, supported using public funding from National Lottery through Arts Council England, and is in association with Deezer.

Last week, the initiative was nominated for the 35th Arts and Business Award.