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Emily Burns, Barney Artist, Swim Deep and Yazmin Lacey among the latest 12 artists to receive support from PRS Foundation’s Momentum Music Fund



PRS Foundation, the UK’s leading charitable funder of new music and talent development, together with PPL, Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Wales, Welsh Government, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Invest NI and Spotify reveal the next 12 artists who will receive support from the Momentum Music Fund.  The artists, who have been selected by a network of industry experts, are:

Asylums – Album recording and marketing
Ayelle – Mixing, mastering, digital marketing and music videos for a series of single releases
Barney Artist – Album recording, marketing and tour support
Cate Le Bon – Video and visual assets plus tour support for upcoming album
Denzel Himself – Video, tour films and promotion
Emily Burns – Recording and marketing
Jerkcurb – UK tour support and marketing
Lioness – Production, promotion and EP release
Scrufizzer – Debut album recording, release, touring and music videos
Sports Team – Recording singles, touring, marketing and promotion
Swim Deep – Third album mixing, music videos and marketing support
Yazmin Lacey – Recording and marketing of a new EP

Luke Branch from Momentum supported Asylums said, “We’re delighted to be receiving PRS Foundation’s Momentum Music funding.  This support will allow us to put our exciting third album plans into action, which we wouldn’t have been able to do otherwise.

Vanessa Reed, CEO at PRS Foundation said, “Huge congratulations to the latest talented artists receiving our career-boosting Momentum Music Fund support. As the recent independent report on the impact of Momentum showed, this targeted support for music creators at a crucial tipping point makes a real difference in the development of their careers artistically and financially and subsequently contributes to the wider music industry. I look forward to following their progress and seeing which other artists benefit in 2019 now that we have built new partnerships with Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Invest NI and Liverpool City Council.”

Sarah Mitchell, Director of Member Services at PPL commented“The UK music industry is renowned for producing creative, innovative and ground-breaking music and the financial support that the Momentum Music Fund provides helps support its pipeline of talent. The Fund nurtures musical talent allowing creativity to be at the heart of the music that these artists produce.

We are proud to support this forward-thinking initiative, which provides real support to artists at a crucial point in their careers. Congratulations to all those who have been successful in receiving funding in this latest round.”

Bryan Johnson, Lead, Artist & Label Marketing at Spotify said “Congratulations to the twelve artists selected for this round of Momentum Funding! We're excited to work with all the artists and their teams, and provide them with the platform and opportunities to expand their fanbase and showcase their music to our global audience of 200+ million users.

Lisa Matthews, Portfolio Manager at Arts Council of Wales said: “Cate Le Bon is an endlessly inventive artist. Through Momentum we're able to support her next creative stage and enable the opportunity to build on the critical and public support this Welsh artist has already gathered. We're looking forward to experiencing the exciting work from Cate.”

Managed by PRS Foundation, the Momentum Music fund awards grants of £5,000-£15,000 using funds from PRS Foundation, PPL, Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Wales, Welsh Government, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Invest NI. Spotify, the official digital partner on the fund, contributes additional funding and a reward package containing exciting promotional opportunities and a close working relationship between Momentum artists and the Spotify team. Liverpool City Council’s partnership for the Momentum Music Fund, called Momentum Accelerator, ensures that at least £20,000 of grant support will be offered to talented Liverpool based artists.

The Momentum Music 5 year impact report, which was launched at the Great Escape in May this year, showed that since 2013 the fund has supported over 200 artists, over 90 new albums and more than 100 UK tours totaling over 650 UK live dates. The 2016 impact report analysing the first three years of the fund revealed that Momentum has generated £13million for the UK music industry.  PRS Foundation and Arts Council England initiated The Momentum Music Fund in 2013.   Arts Council England originally established the need for this specific fund and supported the programme from 2013-18.

For a full rundown of all the artists supported so far see: http://prsfoundation.com/funding/momentum-music-fund/momentum-artists. The next deadline for applications to the Momentum Music Fund is 28th January 2019 via the PRS Foundation website. We are particularly interested in receiving more applications from outside of London: http://prsfoundation.com/funding/momentum-music-fund.

Listen to the latest Momentum supported artists on the Spotify Momentum playlist here

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