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Dry Cleaning, Kitt Philippa and Petite Noir among the latest artists to receive support from PRS Foundation’s Momentum Music Fund

  • Applications for the next round are open now – Deadline for submissions is 10 February 2020

PRS Foundation, the UK’s leading charitable funder of new music and talent development, together with PPL, Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Wales, Welsh Government, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Invest Northern Ireland, Spotify and Ben Sherman reveal the next artists who will receive support from the pioneering Momentum Music Fund.  The artists, who have been selected by a network of industry experts, are:

Kitt Philippa – Enhanced live shows, touring and developing new material

Kelsey Gill – Recording, touring and marketing of upcoming album

Alfie Templeman – Recording fourth EP, touring and marketing

Avalanche Party – Recording of second album at Rancho De La Luna Studios in Joshua Tree, California

Petite Noir – Recording, touring and marketing of second album

Dry Cleaning – Tour support and marketing for upcoming UK headline tour

Happyness – Recording, touring and marketing their third album

Katy J Pearson – Recording, touring and marketing for Heavenly Recordings-released album

Momentum supported Dry Cleaning said, “We have an unusual dynamic; a spoken-word vocal over a full band. Momentum funding enables us to have consistent sound and the support of a live team whilst touring.”

Joe Frankland, CEO of PRS Foundation said, “Thanks to the fantastic support from Momentum partners, we continue to support artists who have reached crucial tipping points. We know this support has a significant impact on the careers of artists and their teams. At this time of year, it’s great to see so many Momentum-supported albums making end-of-year lists, and I congratulate the latest round of grantees whose outstanding music means we’ve no doubt they’ll be making waves in 2020“ 

 Sarah Mitchell at PPL said, “PPL is proud to support the Momentum Music Fund, which enables artists to drive their careers forward through creating new records, engaging in profile-raising marketing and embarking on nationwide tours. The Fund continues to provide a vital stepping-stone to success for artists; we wish those receiving funding every success and look forward to seeing and hearing their contribution to UK music.”

Ciaran Scullion, Head of Music at Arts Council of Northern Ireland said, “Kitt Philippa is a hugely talented artist who we are proud to support through Momentum funding alongside our partners, Invest Northern Ireland and PRS Foundation.  This funding is vital in enabling artists to take that all-important next step in their musical careers and we look forward to seeing Kitt develop as a result. Congratulations.”

Bryan Johnson, Lead, Artist & Industry Partnerships at Spotify said, Huge congratulations to the artists included in this latest round of Momentum funding. We look forward to working with all artists and their teams and providing them with the tools and opportunities to expand their fanbase and showcase their music to our global audience of 248 million users.”

Managed by PRS Foundation, the Momentum Music fund awards grants of £5,000-£15,000 using funds from PRS Foundation, PPL, Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Wales, Welsh Government, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Invest Northern Ireland. 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. Event partner Ben Sherman offers live opportunities, additional marketing, promotional and bespoke branding support.

The Momentum Music 5 year impact report showed that since 2013 the 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 Momentum has generated £13million for the UK music industry.  PRS Foundation and Arts Council England initiated The Momentum Music Fund in 2013. Arts Council England originally established the need for this specific fund and supported the programme from 2013-18.

For a full rundown of all the artists supported so far see: The next deadline for applications to the Momentum Music Fund is 10 February 2020 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.


Find out more and apply for Momentum