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Grants up to £15K to Help Musicians/Bands Develop Their Career

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Whether you are a musician, band or represent them grants up to £15,000 to help musicians or bands develop their career (application deadline 10 February 2015).
The Momentum Music Fund was launched in 2013 by the PRS for Music Foundation with £500,000 of investment from Arts Council England.
The scheme awards grants between £5,000 and £15,000 to to talented artists and bands to help further their careers by providing them with vital access to finance.
The Fund will cover a broad range of contemporary popular genres, including innovative and emerging styles. Grants can be used to assist with any activity that significantly contributes to the development of an artist or band.
The Fund is open to applications from artists and bands in England that are at a crucial point in their development, with the potential to significantly further their career within the next two years.
Applications can be submitted by the artists themselves or those who are working on their behalf, for example:

  • Manager
  • Label
  • Lawyer
  • PR/Plugger
  • Agent
  • Publisher

Artists will be expected to have the following:

  • A strong UK profile
  • Have had national radio airplay
  • Been featured in the national press and in UK wide blogs
  • Performed at UK festivals
  • Played gigs across the UK
  • Strong fan base evidenced by social media statistics
  • Priority will be given to artists that haven’t been funded by the PRS for Music Foundation in the previous 12 months

The following artists or organisations are not eligible for Momentum funding:

  • Artists/bands who are just starting out, e.g. at demoing stage, or playing their first few gigs
  • Artists/bands or companies which are unable to make the case for how the activity they’ve applied for will make a substantial difference to their career
  • Companies/organisations that are Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisations – N.B. Grants for the arts awards cannot be used as additional funding for this project
  • Record producers, mixers and non-performing songwriters cannot apply directly to the fund but may benefit indirectly if an artist/band includes collaboration with a producer/songwriter in their application

For more information visit http://www.prsformusicfoundation.com/Funding/Momentum-Music-Fund

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