Grants for New Music

You’ll have heard of PRS – the organisation which represent the right of musicians and protect copyright. If you play music in your shop, offices or other public place you’ll have a PRS license which distributes royalties fairly and efficiently.

PRS for Music Foundation is an independent charitable organisation – the UK’s largest independent funder purely for new music of any genre. The Foundation works to stimulate and support the creation and performance of new music across the UK and they have an Open Fund which is accepting applications for grants for 2017.

The PRS for Music Foundation can offer grants to promoters, large performance groups, talent development organisations, venues and curators that promote and encourage new music in the UK.

Grants of up to £10,000 are available for projects that involve the creation, performance and promotion of new music, and enable songwriters, composers, artists, bands and performers of all backgrounds to develop creatively and professionally. The Foundation prefers to make contributions to projects rather than fully funding them.

There is a two-stage application process. The 2017 deadlines for stage one applications are 6 February 2017, 8 May 2017 and 2 October 2017.

Their current funding priorities are:
– To support the creation and performance of outstanding new music in any genre.
– To develop artists to their full potential.
– To inspire audiences UK-wide.

The funding can support:
– Projects involving the creation, performance or promotion of new music by living, UK-based music creators (eg a commission, residency, education project or tour).
– Recording costs.
– Programmes that strongly feature or are based around new music (eg promoting a series of live events featuring outstanding new music, the new music component of a festival programme, artist/composer/talent development programme or multiple commissions).
– Equipment/rehearsal space hire if it is an essential part of the project.
– Administrative costs.
– Development time.
– Promotional activity/PR costs relating directly to the group’s development as a music creator/the project.
– Website creation (only if crucial to the promotion of the project).
– Music videos when part of wider project activity.
– Musician fees.
– Contingency (up to 10% of the total project budget).
– Concerts, record launches, gigs, tours, installations, festivals and promoters which feature a significant programme of new UK music.

Administration costs relating to the project can be funded to a maximum of 10% of total budget. A maximum of £5,000 can be used towards recording costs.

Further information is available from the PRS for Music Foundation website at http://www.prsformusicfoundation.com/

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