Following the Mercury Prize 2019 shortlist announcement earlier today (Thursday) PRS Foundation have reported that seven of the 12 nominated artists have received support from the charitable funder to develop their careers in the UK and overseas.
Black Midi, Cate Le Bon, Dave, IDLES and Little Simz have all benefited from the organisation’s International Showcase Fund to perform at renowned events like SXSW and A3C.
Additionally, Anna Calvi, Cate Le Bon and Little Simz have also been supported through the Momentum Music Fund, while Cassie Kinoshi’s SEED Ensemble were selected for The Open Fund for Music Creators to record the Mercury Prize nominated album Driftglass.
Joe Frankland, chief executive, PRS Foundation, says: ‘Congratulations to the seven Mercury Prize nominated artists announced today that have received support from PRS Foundation in recent years. Five of these nominated artists have received international support, underlining the importance of showcasing opportunities to an artists’ career development. And we’re particularly proud that three of the album campaigns would not have been possible without the support of PRS Foundation and funding partners.’
Yvette Griffith from Jazz re:freshed who released Cassie Kinoshi’s SEED Ensemble’s Mercury Prize nominated album Driftglass added: ‘Without PRS Foundation support, this album would have struggled to come to light. With a 10-piece ensemble, the cost to move this project forward could be unattractive to many. Jazz re:freshed could help achieve this goal only with additional support of an organisation like PRS Foundation.’