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The Open Fund for Music Creators

The Open Fund For Music Creators

The Open Fund for Music Creators supports the development of outstanding songwriters and composers of all genres and backgrounds at different stages of their career.

The fund can support projects by songwriters, composers, or artists, bands, producers and performers who are writing their own music or commissioning others.

Music Creators’ projects must fulfill all three of our funding priorities:

1. To support the creation, performance and promotion of outstanding new music in any genre
We are particularly interested in the quality of the music

2. To enable the UK’s most talented music creators to realise their potential
We are interested in how your project will develop the songwriters and composers involved.

If you are a songwriter/composer you will need to tell us why this particular activity is so crucial to your creative or professional development.

If you are a solo performer or small performance group commissioning others, you will need to explain why your project is so important to the songwriter or performer you are working with.

We are committed to supporting UK based songwriters and composers of all backgrounds.

3. To inspire audiences
You will be asked to outline who you are reaching and how. This includes audiences at a local, regional, national or international level

What is a music creator?

The following are considered by PRS Foundation to be Music Creators:

  • songwriters,
  • composers, or
  • artists, bands, producers and performers who are writing their own music or commissioning other songwriters or composers

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page for information on Music Creators we consider eligible and ineligible, including advice on restrictions around financial set-up.

The Open Fund supports Music Creators of all genres and backgrounds and at different stages of their career.

Through The Open Fund, we support high quality new music projects and therefore cannot support core organisational costs, salary costs or living costs.

Click here to see the full list of other PRS Foundation opportunities for organisations and music creators.

How much can Music Creators apply for?

The Open Fund for Music Creators offers grants of up to £5,000.

Our funding includes support of:

• touring
• music creator residencies
• promotion and marketing
• commissions of new music by UK-based creators*
• exciting community projects involving high-quality music creators
• recording
• live performances featuring new UK music

*We define ‘commission’ as a music creator or group engaged by a third party to create a new piece of music.

What can’t be covered by an Open Fund grant for Music Creators?

Through The Open Fund, we support high quality new music projects which have tangible musical outcomes and a clearly defined start and end date.

We cannot support core organisational costs, salary costs or living costs. We can fund administration costs relating to the project at a maximum of 10% of total budget.

See PRS for Music Foundation’s Open Fund Criteria for full details.

When are The Open Fund deadlines?

The next deadline is 6pm on 1st October.

Deadlines occur three times per calendar year.

The 2018 deadlines are:

Round/Deadline Stage 1 Deadline Stage 2 Deadline Decisions Sent (Activity Must Take Place After This Date)
Deadline 1 February 5th March 13th May 2nd
Deadline 2 June 11th July 19th Sep 10th
Deadline 3 October 1st November 6th December 17th

All applications must be submitted by 6pm on the day of the deadline.

When applying, keep in mind that we can only support activity happening after the decision date for your deadline – this will mean your activity must be at least 12 weeks after the deadline.

We will close the application forms for up to 12 weeks after each deadline for system upkeep.

We expect your project to take place within 1 year of receiving our grant.

How do I apply?

Before applying, you must read our Application Stages and Deadlines page, plus PRS Foundation’s Open Fund Criteria. You should also read our FAQ & Tips Section.

The application is a 2 stage process. Only those with successful 1st stage applications will be asked to continue on to the 2nd stage where there will be an opportunity to add new and updated information.

Apply now