Over ½ of Mercury Prize 2019 artist nominees have had their careers supported by PRS Foundation
With the announcement of the 2019 Mercury Prize nominees we’re delighted to see today that 7 of the artists nominated for this year’s Mercury Prize have received support from PRS Foundation to develop their careers in the UK and overseas.
These artists are:
- Anna Calvi – supported through the Momentum Music Fund for live show creation and touring for the Mercury Prize nominated album
- Black Midi – supported through the International Showcase Fund to perform at SXSW 2019
- Cate Le Bon – supported through the International Showcase Fund to perform at SXSW 2010 and supported through Momentum Music Fund for visuals and video content for the Mercury Prize nominated album campaign
- Dave – supported through International Showcase Fund to perform at SXSW 2018
- Idles – supported through International Showcase Fund to perform at SXSW 2018
- Little Simz – supported through International Showcase Fund to perform at A3C 2014 and supported through Momentum Music Fund on a previous album campaign in 2015.
- Cassie Kinoshi’s SEED Ensemble – supported through The Open Fund for Music Creators to record the Mercury Prize nominated album, “Driftglass”
Joe Frankland, Chief Executive of PRS Foundation said, “Congratulations to the seven Mercury Prize nominated artists announced today that have received support from PRS Foundation in recent years. Five of these nominated artists have received international support, underlining the importance of showcasing opportunities to an artists’ career development. And we’re particularly proud that three of the album campaigns would not have been possible without the support of PRS Foundation and funding partners.”
Yvette Griffith from Jazz re:freshed who released Cassie Kinoshi’s SEED Ensemble’s Mercury Prize nominated album “Driftglass” said “Without PRS Foundation support, this album would have struggled to come to light. With a 10-piece ensemble, the cost to move this project forward could be unattractive to many. Jazz re:freshed could help achieve this goal only with additional support of an organisation like PRS Foundation.”