Steve Reid Innovation Award launches new search for experimental artists

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Calling all sonic experimenters: PRS for Music Foundation and the Steve Reid Foundation have opened their latest call for applications to the Steve Reid Innovation Award.

The scheme offers vital support to unsigned artists pushing musical boundaries in the form of a bursary of up to £1,500, vinyl release support and mentorship from Steve Reid Foundation Trustees.

Founding trustees include pioneering artists Gilles Peterson, Four Tet, Theo Parrish, Floating Points, Koreless, RocketnumberNine, Emanative and Charlie Dark.

The award is open to anyone writing and performing their own music and is currently unsigned and unmanaged.

Applicants must simply submit links to their music as well as a three minute video which explains their career to date, and how funding and mentoring would help with their creative development.

Artists can apply from today via with the final deadline for submissions of 30 June 2016.

The announcement follows a successful pilot year which featured Lady Vendredi, recent MOBO Award-winning Moses Boyd, Hector Plimmer and Ninja Tune signee Sarathy Korwar.

The Steve Reid Foundation was set up by Gilles Peterson, Brownswood Records and a collective of trustees who worked closely with and were inspired by legendary jazz drummer Steve Reid.

Reid’s musical career was marked by innovation, experimentation and breaking frontiers and he is well known for his work with Miles Davis, Fela Kuti, James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, Sun Ra and Kieran Hebden.

Peterson said: ‘Last year’s Innovation Award has given the trustees of the Steve Reid Foundation the opportunity to work with some unique artists outside of normal music industry structures. We are thrilled to be partnering with the PRS Foundation for another round.’

Vanessa Reed, executive director, PRS for Music Foundation, added: ‘Our first Steve Reid Innovation Awards generated a fantastic response from an exceptionally broad range of pioneering music creators.

‘It’s been inspiring to see how the unique talents of those selected for the award – Moses Boyd, Lady Vendredi, Hector Plimmer, Sarathy Korwar and Wu-Lu – have flourished and been recognised by the industry and other funders over the past year.

‘That’s why we’re so happy to be partnering again with Steve Reid Foundation to give more of the UK’s boundary pushing musicians the opportunity to benefit from these important awards.’