PRS Foundation announces partnership with Creative Scotland for Momentum Music Fund
- Scottish artists at crucial tipping points can now apply for vital funding
- Grants of between £5,000 – £15,000 available
- Full partnership revealed at Wide Days 2018
We are delighted to announce today that Creative Scotland, the public development body for the arts and creative industries in Scotland, are partnering on the Momentum Music Fund. Since it was created in 2013, the Momentum Music Fund has established a reputation for funding, supporting and spotlighting talent at crucial tipping points in their careers’.
Fully revealed at Wide Days 2018, a forum for Scottish music businesses and artists to connect with the international industry, the new partnership will allow more talented artists from across the UK at the right career stage to apply for vital support to aid their development. The pioneering initiative provides career-boosting grants of between £5,000- £15,000 to acts at a pivotal time in their professional development. Find out more on here.
Until today only artists based in England were eligible for funding, but now, Scottish artists can apply for funding to support activities such as recording, touring and marketing. Artists must be at a tipping point in their careers, showing current progression and growth with significant potential to continue developing.
The fund boasts huge success stories including Anna Meredith, Years & Years, Little Simz, Public Service Broadcasting, Bugzy Malone, Yungen, Lapsley and Oh Wonder.
Vanessa Reed, CEO at PRS Foundation said, “Thanks to Creative Scotland, we can now offer support to the many talented and independent Scottish artists who need support and industry exposure to take their music to the next level. This is an excellent example of how public funders and industry partners, including PPL and Spotify, can work together in response to the needs of diverse artists and the potential for seed funding to unlock sustainable careers. I look forward to seeing the range of Scottish acts that apply and to combining the expertise of our Scottish partners with input from industry experts when making decisions on who makes it through.”
Alan Morrison, Head of Music, Creative Scotland said, “There’s so much more to succeeding in the music industry these days than just writing great songs. Musicians today really need to know how to handle a crowdfunding campaign, get access to influential streaming playlists and generally improve their business skills. That’s where the Momentum Music Fund steps in, working with acts who have already got themselves onto the ladder and helping them climb a few rungs higher. We’re overflowing with musical talent in Scotland and we want the world to know about it – that’s why Creative Scotland is delighted to be partnering with the PRS Foundation in this brilliantly innovative programme as part of our aim to promote Scottish music and help grow more sustainable creative businesses in Scotland”
There will be a Momentum Music Fund launch at Focus Wales on Thursday 10th May 2018. You can get your Focus Wales delegates pass from http://www.focuswales.com.
Since 2013 the Momentum Music Fund has supported over 270 artists, over 160 new albums and more than 170 totalling over 1,000 UK live dates.
Managed by PRS Foundation, the Momentum Music Fund awards grants of up to £15,000 using funds from PRS Foundation, PPL and Creative Scotland. Spotify contributes additional funding and a reward package containing exciting promotional opportunities and a close working relationship between Momentum artists and the Spotify team. The Momentum Music Fund was supported by Arts Council England from 2013-18.
The next deadline for application submissions is 29 May 2018 at 6.00pm