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Home > Dream Wife, Estrons, Trudy and the Romance among the 20 artists to receive support from PRS Foundation’s Momentum Music Fund

Dream Wife, Estrons, Trudy and the Romance among the 20 artists to receive support from PRS Foundation’s Momentum Music Fund

  • 20 artists supported – the most artists to receive support in a single Momentum funding round to date
  • Next ‘Momentum Day’ taking place at Bristol’s Trinity Centre on 7th November and feat. Huw Stephens in conversation with Emily Eavis

PRS Foundation, the UK’s leading funder of new music and talent development, Arts Council England, PPL and Spotify announce today the 20 artists to be receiving support through the coveted talent development fund, Momentum.  The artists, which have been selected by a network of industry experts, are:

  • Anil Sebastian – Integrated Music & Film Project
  • Belly Squad – Recording and Release of an EP and Mixtape, plus Content Creation
  • Childcare – Recording, Release and Marketing of a Series of Singles, plus UK Tour Support
  • Deep Throat Choir – Recording the Group’s Second Album
  • Doe – Second Album Recording
  • Dream Wife – UK Headline Tour
  • Estrons – Single Releases and Touring
  • James Vickery – EP Recording and Creative Development
  • Jevon – EP and Content Creation
  • Malika – Recording, Release, Marketing and Touring EP
  • Nolay – Marketing and Release Support
  • October Drift – EP Release and Marketing, plus UK Headline Tour
  • Otzeki – Album Recording and Release
  • Pixx – UK Touring
  • Sam Fender – Recording, Release and Marketing of 2 Singles
  • SNE – Release marketing
  • Snowy – EP Recording and Marketing
  • The Pale White – UK Touring
  • Trudy and the Romance – Debut Album Recording and Content Creation
  • Zara McFarlane – Tour Support and Marketing

This latest round is the biggest to date, supporting the most artists in a single Momentum funding round since the fund was created in 2013 and demonstrating the increased reach the additional support from the fund’s newest partner PPL has had.

Momentum supported Estrons, from South West England, said, “Getting the Momentum Music Fund has been one of the happiest moments of our time as a band so far. It means we can now take the next step up in improving our production and bringing a higher standard of art to our fans and concentrate on doing what we love doing: making music. This genuinely is a massive game changer for us.”

Vanessa Reed, CEO at PRS Foundation said, “Momentum has played a vital role in the career of over 200 artists now, and it’s always exhilarating to delve into the sounds of the new artists who will receive this much-needed support. These 20 artists, alongside the brilliant line-up for our upcoming Momentum event in Bristol continue to reflect some of the most exciting new music that the UK has to offer.”

Ben Lane, Music lead at Arts Council England said: “Whether they are applying for funding to help record their debut or second album, or because they are looking to embark on a tour of the UK, Momentum provides vital financial support that enables talented artists and bands to take their career to the next level. It’s great to see that so many artists have been successful in this latest round, congratulations to each of them.”

Bryan Johnson, Director, Artists & Management at Spotify said: “This latest round of Momentum funding will see 20 artists – the largest group yet – benefitting from both financial assistance and Spotify’s reward package. We’re excited to work with all of the artists and their teams and look forward to providing them with the best practices and opportunities to grow their audience, and to build their careers. Congrats to all!”

Peter Leathem, Chief Executive at PPL commentedWe are proud to provide continued financial support to PRS Foundation and to be involved in this latest round of funding which sees a record 20 artists receiving grants.  During its first three years, Momentum generated £7.46 from every £1 donated, illustrating the positive impact this initiative has on the UK music industry. This latest list represents a diverse range of artists and we wish them all the very best in the next stage of their musical careers”.

Since 2013 the Momentum Music fund has supported over 200 artists, over 90 new albums and more than 100 UK tours totaling over 650 UK live dates. The 2016 impact report analysing the first three years of the fund revealed that every £1 invested by Momentum has generated £7.46 for the UK music industry.

Managed by PRS Foundation, the Momentum Music fund awards grants of £5,000-£15,000 using public funding from Arts Council England and support from PPL. Spotify, the official digital partner on 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.

For a full rundown of all the artists supported so far see: The next deadline for applications to the Momentum Music Fund is 14 November 2017 via the PRS Foundation website. We are particularly interested in receiving more applications from outside of London:

Listen to the latest Momentum supported artists on the Spotify Momentum playlist here. There will be a ‘Momentum Day’ panel and showcase at Bristol’s Trinity Centre on 7 November 2017, featuring a live interview by Radio 1’s Huw Stephens with Glastonbury Festival’s Emily Eavis and a showcase of Momentum artists, Ten Fe, Muncie Girls and 808INK.  Get your tickets and find out more here: