PRS Foundation, the UK’s leading charitable funder of new music and talent development, has announced a new partnership with Creative Scotland, the public development body for the arts and creative industries in Scotland, to support its Momentum Music Fund.
Previously, only artists based in England were able to apply for the pioneering initiative which provides career-boosting grants of between £5,000 to £15,000 to acts, but thanks to the partnership, Scottish artists are now eligible to apply.
Artists must be ‘at a tipping point in their careers, showing current progression and growth with significant potential to continue developing’, and may use the funding to support activities such as recording, touring and marketing.
Previous recipients include Anna Meredith, Years & Years, Little Simz, Public Service Broadcasting, Bugzy Malone, Yungen, Lapsley and Oh Wonder.
Vanessa Reed, chief executive officer at PRS Foundation said: ‘Thanks to Creative Scotland, we can now offer support to the many talented and independent Scottish artists who need support and industry exposure to take their music to the next level.
‘This is an excellent example of how public funders and industry partners, including PPL and Spotify, can work together in response to the needs of diverse artists and the potential for seed funding to unlock sustainable careers.
‘I look forward to seeing the range of Scottish acts that apply and to combining the expertise of our Scottish partners with input from industry experts when making decisions on who makes it through.’
Alan Morrison, head of music at Creative Scotland added: ‘There’s so much more to succeeding in the music industry these days than just writing great songs. Musicians today really need to know how to handle a crowdfunding campaign, get access to influential streaming playlists and generally improve their business skills.
‘That’s where the Momentum Music Fund steps in, working with acts who have already got themselves onto the ladder and helping them climb a few rungs higher. We’re overflowing with musical talent in Scotland and we want the world to know about it – that’s why Creative Scotland is delighted to be partnering with the PRS Foundation in this brilliantly innovative programme.’
Full details of the partnership will be revealed at Scottish music forum, Wide Days 2018, which kicks off today (20 April) in Edinburgh.
Find out how to apply for the fund here.