Creative Scotland and PRS Foundation have partnered on the Momentum Music Fund so that Scottish artists can now apply for funding. Until now, only artists based in England were eligible for funding to support activities such as recording, touring and marketing. The new partnership allows more talented artists from across the UK to apply for vital support to aid their development.
The Momentum Music Fund provides grants of between £5,000–£15,000 to acts at a pivotal time in their professional development. Find out more here. The next deadline for application submissions is 29 May 2018 at 6pm.
Artists must be at a tipping point in their careers, showing current progression and growth with significant potential to continue developing. The new partnership will allow more talented artists from across the UK at the right career stage to apply for vital support to aid their development.
Vanessa Reed, CEO at PRS Foundation said, “Thanks to Creative Scotland, we can now offer support to the many talented and independent Scottish artists who need support and industry exposure to take their music to the next level. This is an excellent example of how public funders and industry partners, including PPL and Spotify, can work together in response to the needs of diverse artists and the potential for seed funding to unlock sustainable careers. I look forward to seeing the range of Scottish acts that apply and to combining the expertise of our Scottish partners with input from industry experts when making decisions on who makes it through.”
Alan Morrison, Head of Music, Creative Scotland said, “There’s so much more to succeeding in the music industry these days than just writing great songs. Musicians today really need to know how to handle a crowdfunding campaign, get access to influential streaming playlists and generally improve their business skills. That’s where the Momentum Music Fund steps in, working with acts who have already got themselves onto the ladder and helping them climb a few rungs higher. We’re overflowing with musical talent in Scotland and we want the world to know about it – that’s why Creative Scotland is delighted to be partnering with the PRS Foundation in this brilliantly innovative programme as part of our aim to promote Scottish music and help grow more sustainable creative businesses in Scotland”
There will be a Momentum Music Fund launch at Focus Wales on Thursday 10th May 2018.
Since 2013 the Momentum Music Fund has supported over 270 artists, over 160 new albums and more than 170 totalling over 1,000 UK live dates.
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