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  • Dave received PRS Foundation International Showcase Fund to perform at SXSW in 2017
  • 7 artists nominated for the mercury Prize this year have received support from PRS Foundation during their career

Huge congratulations to Dave on winning this year’s Mercury Music Prize as well as the 6 other artists nominated for the award that have received support from PRS Foundation to develop their careers in the UK and overseas.

Dave had received support through PRS Foundation’s International Showcase Fund to travel to and perform at SXSW in 2017.

The International Showcase Fund is run by PRS Foundation in partnership with Department for International Trade, PPL, British Underground, Arts Council England, the Musicians’ Union, Creative Scotland, Wales Arts International and Arts Council Wales, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Invest NI. It offers support for artists to take their first steps into international territories by enabling them to perform at key showcasing festivals and conferences such as Canadian Music Week, SXSW, Reeperbahn, Zandari Festival, Womex, Eurosonic, Jazzahead and Mutek which attract thousands of people working in the music industry from every corner of the globe.

Joe Frankland, Chief Executive of PRS Foundation said, “Huge congratulations to Dave for winning this year’s Mercury Prize, the whole PRS Foundation team are truly delighted for him.  Congratulations also to all seven artists that had received our support and were nominated this year, we are proud to have played a role in the development of all their careers and to see their talents recognised on this huge platform.

Dave is one of five of the seven Foundation supported artists nominated for the prize that has received our international support. Also, this is the second year in a row that one of our International Showcase Fund supported artist has won the Mercury Prize – Wolf Alice being the first last year. As our International Showcase Fund report released just last month revealed, 91% of those that showcased overseas returned with tangible business outcomes such as recording, publishing or agent deals, underlining the importance of showcasing opportunities and being able to access new territories.”

The Mercury Prize 2019 artists that have received PRS Foundation support 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 2017
  • 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”

Find out more about the International Showcase Fund