Latest songwriters and producers to receive Hitmaker fund support announced
- Next deadline for applications will be in Spring 2023
PRS Foundation, the UK’s leading charitable funder of new music and talent development announces today the latest producers and songwriters to receive support from the ground-breaking Hitmaker fund are:
- Aidan Glover – Studio hire
- Amira El-Shafie – Studio equipment
- Charlotte Churchman – International songwriting camps
- Dom Valentino – Studio hire and equipment
- Earl Saga – Time to collaborate with musicians and artists
- Joseph Wander – Studio hire and equipment
- Kelly Kiara – Studio and equipment costs
Hitmaker supported producer and songwriter Aidan Glover said
“I am absolutely delighted to receive the Hitmaker Fund. As well as a significant financial boost, it also demonstrates belief in my ability as a writer/producer and in the analogue production process which I have such a passion for. I am very confident that this grant is a significant step in taking my career to the next level and am thoroughly looking forward to an exciting year ahead.”
Kwame Safo, Grants & Programmes Manager (Industry Funds) at PRS Foundation said,
“Huge congratulations to everyone receiving our Hitmaker Fund support in this latest round. Being able to support vital areas of professional songwriting such as studio time, songwriting camps and time to create is so important during these uncertain times, enabling talent to continue to progress and develop their careers. It is so important that funds like Hitmaker remove the barriers to success no matter where talented songwriters are in the UK or what their background.”
Aaron Buckingham, Songwriter and Publishing Relations Lead EMEA & SEA at Spotify said,
“These initiatives are extremely important to us at Spotify and the Hitmaker Fund is a crucial component of our continued commitment to supporting emerging talent. We are blessed in the UK to have so many incredible songwriters and producers and we’re really excited to see how this latest group of creators benefit from the fund as they embark on the next steps of their careers.”
The next round of Hitmaker will be open in the coming months with a deadline in Spring 2023.
Hitmaker support offers songwriters, producers and music creators working behind the scenes in popular music genres to further develop their careers and writing/production credits with grants of up to £10,000. Under the previous guise of the pilot Writer Producer Fund, Hitmaker has supported talent that has worked with the likes of Nicki Minaj, Paramore, Stormzy, Kylie and many more.
Additionally, supported songwriters and producers have developed into a community of behind-the-scenes music creators, through Hitmaker events and a unique online network designed to connect talent and encourage collaboration.
PRS Foundation’s Hitmaker fund is open to UK based behind-the-scenes songwriters, producers and music creators that have had at least three commercially exploited works, whether performed live, received media coverage, radio play, streams or released via commercial channels.
Spotify is the exclusive digital partner for Hitmaker. The partnership has enabled more talented producers and songwriters to be supported and a closer working relationship between 2021 – 2022 supported grantees and the Spotify team for promotional and marketing opportunities.
Hitmaker applicants can apply for support for:
- Time to create
- Training / Skills courses at places such as Point Blank / SSE
- Creative / Professional development
- Studio hire
- Purchase of equipment / software / hardware (covers up to 25% of costs)
- UK writing space rental / lease
- Maternity leave and childcare