AWAL have announced a partnership with PRS Foundation, including a £50,000 cash contribution and mentoring programme to support outstanding women music creators.
PRS Foundation’s flagship fund offers grants to support the development of women, trans and non-binary individuals in any genre, from all backgrounds and at different stages in their careers.
Kobalt’s recording company AWAL will partner with the charity for a year, which will allow grantees to benefit from expert support from the AWAL/Kobalt team.
In addition to mentoring the grantees, AWAL will also be involved with annual workshops and co-curated sessions at events the company are involved in.
Women Make Music was founded in 2011 to combat the underrepresentation of women songwriters and composers in the industry.
The fund awards grants of up to £5,000 to support women songwriters, and previous grantees have included Anna Meredith, Let’s Eat Grandma, Little Boots, Marika Hackman, Laura Mvula, Emily Portman, Paigey Cakey, Eliza Shaddad and Lady Sanity.
In 2016 an independent report into the first five years of the fund found that the targeted support had achieved a significantly positive impact on female music creators.
The next deadline for the Women Make Music Fund is 1 October 2019. For more information, please visit prsfoundation.com.
Alison Donald, head of UK creative, Kobalt and AWAL, says: ‘Kobalt and AWAL’s values are perfectly aligned with that of PRS Foundation and Women Make Music. We’re proud to be a part of such an important cause in the industry to support a significant number of outstanding female creators and invest in the future of music.’
Matt Riley, VP A&R, AWAL, added: ‘We’re delighted at the opportunity to use the AWAL team’s expertise to mentor and advise grantees on the development of their careers ranging from global marketing and campaign coordination to A&R and sync. The team is thrilled to be part of Women Make Music and all that we’ll accomplish together.’
Joe Frankland, chief executive, PRS Foundation, commented: ‘We are proud that Women Make Music has had a significant impact on hundreds of women music creators’ careers. A broader range of talent is being empowered and we are championing the UK’s most exciting new music. However, barriers still need to be broken down – particularly around access to funding, effective mentoring and increased networking opportunities. Thanks to the enthusiastic and expert team at AWAL, we are able to proactively address those barriers and look forward to continued success.’