PRS Foundation reveals artists receiving Women Make Music support

Emma-Jean Thackray, Ana Silvera, R.A.E and Keedz among the latest music creators to receive funding.

Maya Radcliffe
  • By Maya Radcliffe
  • 13 Aug 2020
  • min read

PRS Foundation has announced that the latest music creators to receive the pioneering Women Make Music support in association with AWAL and Glastry are:

Aleighcia Scott – Album release and promotion
Ana Silvera – Album release and new visuals
Angela Elizabeth Slater – Creation of a new piano concerto
Balladeste – Album production and release
Emma-Jean Thackray – Debut album recording and release
George Riley – Recording and releasing four singles
Hyelim Kim – Audio-visual recording
Jodie Nicholson – EP release and marketing
Keedz – EP Recording
Linda Buckley – Creation of a new piece for clarinet, violin, viola and cello
Oklou – Mixtape recording and marketing
R.A.E – Mixtape recording, release and launch
Ryoko Akama – New composition recording, release and premier
Tamzene – EP Recording and release
TS Graye – UK EP tour (2021)

Elizabeth Sills, grants & programmes manager, PRS Foundation, said: ‘Huge congratulations to the latest round of Women Make Music grantees.  We know how important it is to be able to continue to support talented music creators during this unprecedented time. Our flexible approach in response to the pandemic, through this fund and PRS Foundation's other funding opportunities, aims to remove this additional barrier to creation and long-term development, in addition to contributing to sector recovery and future resilience.’

Alison Donald, head of UK creative, Kobalt and AWAL, said: ‘AWAL is proud to be continuing its partnership with PRS Foundation, and our team are excited to provide guidance and advice to the latest music creators supported by the Women Make Music fund.’

Women Make Music was set up in 2011 as a response to the low representation of women amongst songwriters and composers (then 13 percent) and lack of applications for funding featuring women composers/songwriters (then 16 percent). Women Make Music, in association with AWAL and Glastry, supports the development of outstanding women, trans and non-binary songwriters and composers of all genres and backgrounds at different stages of their career, with grants of up to £5,000.

The next deadline for applications for Women Make Music support is 5 October 2020 at 6pm. You can find out more and apply at on the PRS Foundation website.

Later today (Thursday 13 August 2020), PRS Foundation will be broadcasting on Facebook an In Conversation with Tour Manager Kim Hawes (Hawkwind, Motorhead and Rush) and BBC Radio 1 DJ Abbie McCarthy to talk about Kim’s new book Confessions of a Female Tour Manager. Kim will discuss how she got into tour managing, what life on the road with some of the biggest names in rock was like and answer audience questions. Tune in at 5pm.

Kim will also be donating all the proceeds of the book sales to the Women Make Music fund which is available from Amazon.