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Open Funding Criteria

Our open funding programmes are available to any individual or not-for-profit organisation whose project or programme fits with all three of our funding priorities:

  1. to support the creation and performance of outstanding new music in any genre
  2. to develop artists to their full potential
  3. to inspire audiences

You may also find it useful to consult our list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Activities we can support:

  • projects involving the creation of new music by living, UK-based music creators (e.g. a commission, residency, education project or tour)
  • programmes that strongly feature or are based around new music (e.g. promoting a series of live events featuring outstanding new music, the new music component of a festival programme, artist development programme or multiple commissions)
  • equipment/rehearsal space hire if it is an essential part of the project
  • administrative costs (e.g. time spent organising the project, letters, printing, stamps)
  • development time (e.g. the time it will take the music creator to work on the new material)
  • website creation (only if part of wider activity)
  • promotional activity/PR costs relating directly to your development as an artist/the project (only if part of wider activity)
  • musician fees (we will not fund a project if you do not pay your musicians)
  • contingency (up to 10% of the total project budget)
  • concerts, record launches, gigs, tours, installations, festivals and promoters which feature a significant programme of new UK music.
  • recording costs

We can’t support:

  • projects that contain no element of live performance (unless applying for recording costs only)
  • technology projects (unless they contain a significant aspect of new music creation)
  • the purchase of vans and cars
  • bursaries, tuition/education costs, or scholarships
  • capital projects (e.g. building work)
  • any project raising funds for another charity
  • buying equipment
  • building a studio
  • organisations or projects that have been running for less than 18 months
  • musicians who do not have a track record of 18 months or more
  • retrospective activity (i.e. projects that have already taken place)
  • activity that falls before our decision date (check our application stages and deadlines when you are applying)
  • organisations based outside the UK
  • artists and music creators based outside of the UK
  • British artists no longer permanently resident in the UK
  • artists who are members of other collection societies
  • international tours/recording internationally (see our International Showcase Fund scheme)
  • radio stations/broadcasting costs
  • start-up companies or record labels
  • a roster of artists on a record label
  • companies limited by shares will be considered on a case by case basis.

Who can apply?


  • organisations that are limited by guarantee and/or a registered Charity
  • individuals and sole traders
  • CIC organisations
  • non-music organisations including local authorities, museums, etc.

Ineligible applicants:

  • those in full-time education
  • under 18s, unless represented by an adult with a valid DBS check
  • those resident outside of the UK
  • those without a track record of more than 18 months
  • companies limited by shares (although considered on a case-by-case basis)

Why can’t I apply if I’m a company limited by shares?
We are a charity and cannot support companies limited by shares. If the bulk of your activity is not for profit you may apply, but each application is considered on a case by case basis.

We are unable to offer the following:

  • comments or advice on your music
  • advice on signing to a label or how to organise tours/projects
  • advice on gigs/venues
  • promoting your music, unless it has been directly funded by PRSF
  • advice on applying to other funding bodies
  • application form checking, prior to submission (however, you can email us with specific questions)
  • hard copies of the application form – all applications must be completed online (please email us if you consider yourself to have a disability which could prevent you from completing the online application)

Support for recordings

In response to increasing demand from applicants, PRS for Music Foundation will now support recording costs through its Open Funding programmes (Organisations & Groups, Individuals and Women Make Music). PRS for Music Foundation will support up to a maximum of £5,000 for recording costs for applicants who meet our eligibility criteria.

Recording costs that we can support:

•    studio recording time
•    producer fees
•    live recordings
•    rehearsal time
•    mastering
•    musician fees
•    accommodation
•    travel
•    equipment hire

Costs we are unable to support:

•    artwork
•    manufacturing costs
•    building a studio
•    equipment purchase
•    recordings made outside of the UK
•    artists based outside of the UK
•    those already funded through our Open Funding programmes in the same calendar year
•    applications made by record labels
•    applications made by venues
•    rosters of multiple artists, such as those signed to the same label or management company

Additional information:

Successful applicants must display the PRS for Music Foundation logo clearly on the release of any recording supported by PRS for Music Foundation.

Multiple applications

Due to demand, from 2014 onwards we can only accept two applications a year from organisations and individuals across all of our funding programmes.

We have previously allowed applicants to apply to our Open Funding as well as other partnership or flagship programmes. This new rule states that you may only apply to two programmes each calendar year.

Examples of who this may affect

  • music creators who are being commissioned by more than two organisations applying to us for support AND/OR who wish to apply on their own behalf. We can only accept a maximum of two applications a year where the composer is the main music creator in the project, e.g. music creator or workshop leader.
  • an organisation who wished to apply to our Open Funding in addition to partnership programmes (e.g. Jazz Promoters Awards) would not be able to apply to another programme (e.g. Beyond Borders) in that calendar year.


  • please note that Momentum Music Fund is the only fund that can accept two applications per calendar year to the same programme. Due to the unprecedented demand for this funding, you may make two additional applications to our other funding schemes per year (e.g. Funding for Organisations and International Showcase Fund).
  • festivals may apply even if an artist on their bill has been confirmed on other funded festival programmes.

If you have any concerns about eligibility, please email us.

Do you still have some questions? See our Frequently Asked Questions page.