PRS Foundation has announced its targeted PPL Momentum Accelerator fund.
The fund is launched in partnership with Music:Leeds’ ‘Launchpad’ and with support from Arts Council England, is open again for applications from talented artists based in Yorkshire.
PPL Momentum Accelerator launched in Yorkshire in 2020, offering support of up to £5,000. Three artists received funding in the first round, and this second round will offer funding to a further three artists.
Yorkshire based artists can find out more information and apply for the PPL Momentum Accelerator via PRS Foundation’s website here. The deadline to submit applications is 1st March 2021 at 6pm.
Music:Leeds’ 'Launchpad' offers opportunities and support for emerging artists, musicians, producers, bands, composers and industry professionals in the Yorkshire region. PPL Momentum Accelerator provides crucial support for exciting artists with a growing fanbase, currently working to establish a music industry team.
Becci Scotcher, senior grants and programmes manager, PRS Foundation, said: 'We’re excited to launch round two of our targeted PPL Momentum Accelerator support to talented music creators in Yorkshire. In our inaugural round, three exciting music creators, English Teacher, Harkin and Simeon Walker received this timely support to enable them to develop their talent and progress their careers to that next level. It’s fantastic to be building on the programme and our relationship with PRS Foundation’s Talent Development Partner organisations to continue to strategically invest in talented music creators outside of London with varied and targeted support.'
Sarah Mitchell, director of membership and communications, said: 'The Yorkshire music scene has produced many talented artists over the years and continues to be a centre for music and culture today. To support this the PPL Momentum Yorkshire Accelerator funded three up-and-coming local artists in 2020, helping them to develop their careers through new music or promotion. PPL is proud to once again support artists in the region, offering three more acts the chance to receive significant funding to develop their careers and showcase the quality of music the region has to offer.'
Managed by PRS Foundation, the full PPL Momentum Music Fund awards grants of £5,000-£15,000 using funds from PRS Foundation, PPL, Creative Wales, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Invest Northern Ireland. Spotify, the official digital partner of the Fund, contributes additional funding and a reward package containing exciting promotional opportunities and a close working relationship between Momentum artists and the Spotify team.
Music:Leeds ensures that grant support will be offered to talented Yorkshire based artists. Launchpad and PRS Foundation’s targeted PPL Momentum Music funds for Yorkshire have been made possible thanks to support from Youth Music and using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Leeds 2023, arts@leeds, and PRS Foundation’s Talent Development Partner network.
The next deadline for the current round of the full PPL Momentum Music Fund is 15 February at 6pm.