PRS Foundation has announced new partnerships with Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Invest Northern Ireland to support its Momentum Music Fund and International Showcase Fund – enabling musicians from Northern Ireland to apply for the vital funding.
The new partnerships mean that Northern Ireland-based artists can now apply for grants of between £5,000 and £15,000 through the Momentum Fund, for help towards recording, touring and marketing. Previous success stories include Anna Meredith, Years & Years, Novelist, Public Service Broadcasting and Bugzy Malone.
Likewise, Northern Ireland-based acts will also be able to apply for funding of up to £5,000 though the International Showcase Fund, to help towards travel, visas and accommodation to play at international music industry showcase events such as SXSW.
Commenting on the new partnerships, PRS Foundation chief executive Vanessa Reed said: ‘We’re delighted to announce this new partnership with Arts Council of Northern Ireland which will extend our vital career development and international showcasing opportunities to the talented music creators in Northern Ireland.
‘It’s fantastic news that from today, the whole of the UK is now eligible to apply to these two important initiatives for support, which not only have a significant impact on music creators careers, but have also shown to impact the success of the wider UK music industry also – every £1 invested through ISF generated an additional £8.90 in revenues and the Momentum Music Fund has generated £13m for the industry.’
Speaking on behalf of Arts Council of Northern Ireland, head of music Ciaran Scullion said: ‘The Arts Council is committed to providing valuable, meaningful opportunities for our artists to develop, and these funding programmes offer artists not only the opportunity to connect with the UK-wide industry, but also to showcase the tremendous talent that is inherent to Northern Ireland on an international stage.
‘Both funding programmes have seen huge success in other parts of the UK and we are thrilled to be able to offer these exciting opportunities now to artists here.’
Brian Dolaghan, director of technology and services at Invest Northern Ireland, added: ‘Northern Ireland has a strong base of musical talent which has been developed over many years with support from a wide range of stakeholders including Invest NI.
‘By supporting this initiative we aim to help grow and develop this sector by supporting external markets and develop closer links within the global industry.’
The International Showcase Fund is currently open for applications to artists who have already been invited to SXSW. Apply here before 23 November 2018.