PRS Foundation announces three Yorkshire based artists to receive its PPL Momentum Accelerator support in partnership with Music:Leeds’ Launchpad
- Three Yorkshire based artists to receive PPL Momentum Accelerator talent development grants of up to £5,000 each
- Next PPL Momentum Music Fund deadline: 16th November 2020
We’re delighted to announce today that the three Yorkshire based artists to receive PPL Momentum Accelerator talent development grants, in partnership with Music:Leeds’ Launchpad and supported by Arts Council England are:
- English Teacher – support will go towards recording and marketing
- Harkin – support will go towards recording and marketing
- Simeon Walker – support will go towards PR, marketing and video production
Selected by a network of industry experts, the three artists each receive grants of up to £5,000 to develop their careers and continue building momentum to the get to the next vital tipping points in their careers.
PPL Momentum Accelerator funding supports exciting artists with a growing fanbase, currently working to establish a music industry team, while the full PPL Momentum Music Fund support is for those artists with a team already in place and at a tipping point, ready to take the next step in their careers. The next deadline to apply for PPL Momentum Accelerator Yorkshire will be announced soon and the next deadline for the PPL Momentum Music Fund support is 16th November 2020 at 6pm. Applications can be made via the PRS Foundation website.
This targeted Yorkshire edition of PPL Momentum Accelerator is in partnership with Music;Leeds’ Launchpad who offer opportunities and support for emerging artists, musicians, producers, bands, composers and industry professionals in the Yorkshire region. Throughout 2020, Launchpad is directly supporting 46 artists with a combination of live opportunities, recording support and one-to-one industry advice & mentoring.
Joe Frankland, CEO of PRS Foundation said:
“Congratulations to all three talented Yorkshire based artists receiving our PPL Momentum Accelerator support. It is important now more than ever to ensure that exciting UK music creators building their careers and fanbases have access to this type of targeted support. We’re delighted to be partnering with Music:Leeds and again with Arts Council England so that we could bring our PPL Momentum Accelerator to the talented music creators in Yorkshire. We’re excited to be building on the programme and our relationship with PRS Foundation’s Talent Development Partner organisations across the UK to continue to invest in talented music creators outside of London with varied and targeted support.”
Samuel (Whiskas) Nicholls, Founder & Director of Music:Leeds said,
“It’s brilliant to be able to provide this boost to these artists based across Yorkshire, enabling them to make the most of the opportunities available to them, and make their next release have the impact they deserve. In combination with our Launchpad support and top level PPL Momentum funding, this will help generate a huge impact for the profile of artists in the region going forward.“
Sarah Mitchell, Director of Membership and Communications at PPL, said,
“After the successful pilot of Accelerator in Liverpool last year, it is great to see the programme give focused support to artists in Yorkshire, a region which has been home to brilliant music for decades. English Teacher, Harkin and Simeon Walker are following in this tradition and we are proud to be able to support their promising careers.”
Managed by PRS Foundation, the PPL Momentum Music Fund initiative awards grants of £5,000-£15,000 using funds from PRS Foundation, PPL, Creative Wales, 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.
This new partnership with Music:Leeds’ Launchpad and PRS Foundation’s PPL Accelerator targeted support for Yorkshire has been made possible thanks to support from Youth Music and using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Leeds 2023, arts@leeds, and PRS Foundation’s Talent Development Partner network. You can find out more about Launchpad here.
Listen to the latest PPL Momentum supported artists on the Spotify Momentum playlist here.