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Women Make Music is available to any music creator whose project or programme fits with all three of our funding priorities:


  1. To support the creation, performance and promotion of outstanding new music in any genre

We are particularly interested in the quality of the music

  1. To enable the UK’s most talented music creators to realise their potential

We are interested in how your project will develop the songwriters and composers involved. We are committed to supporting UK based songwriters and composers of all backgrounds

  1. To inspire audiences

You will be asked to outline who you are reaching and how. This includes audiences at a local, regional, national or international level


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

Please note that we no longer fund organisations through Women Make Music. If you came to this page looking for funding as an organisation to commission a woman music creator for an upcoming project, please apply to the Open Fund for Organisations, where projects involving a diverse range of music creators will be looked on favourably.

Click here to apply

What is a music creator?

The following are considered by PRS for Music Foundation to be Music Creators:

  • songwriters,
  • composers, or
  • artists, bands, producers and performers who are writing their own music or commissioning other songwriters or composers

Activities we can support:

  • projects involving the creation, performance or promotion of new music by living, UK-based music creators (e.g. a commission, residency, education project or tour)
  • recording costs
  • projects that strongly feature or are based around new music (e.g. promoting a series of live events featuring outstanding new music, or recording, releasing or promoting new music)
  • 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 woman 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 a music creator/the project (only if part of wider activity)
  • music videos when part of wider project 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, etc. which feature a significant programme of new UK music.

Applicants with access requirements

We recognise that for disabled music creators with access requirements, some proposed activity which supports music creator development (e.g. live performance, touring, access to studios) incurs additional costs, meaning that applicants may require grant support of more than £5,000.

Music creators with access requirements are advised that:
– When submitting Stage 1 applications, applicants should submit Total Project Budget and Request Amounts that do not consider additional access costs.
– When submitting Stage 2 applications which includes a budget section, please outline non-accessibility related expenditure and income. An additional budget question allows applicants to detail additional access requirements needs which will be considered by management team and will therefore not be seen or considered by external advisors unless mentioned in main Funding Priority responses.

Funding decisions will not be affected by additional accessibility support requests and if selected, an appropriate offer amount will be pledged.

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
  • music creators 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)
  • music creators based outside of the UK
  • British artists no longer permanently resident in the UK
  • composers and songwriters who are members of other performance rights 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
  • living costs and salary costs, as outlined in FAQs
  • core funding

Companies limited by shares will be considered on a case by case basis.

Ineligible applicants:

  • individuals 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
  • projects where the lead composer/songwriter is a member of another Performance Rights Organisation (i.e. UK based music creator must either be a member of PRS or should be in a position to join)
  • companies limited by shares (although considered on a case-by-case basis)