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Kwame Safo joins PRS Foundation as Grants & Programmes Manager for the organisation's industry funds


  • Kwame will oversee the management of flagship funds including PPL Momentum Music Fund, International Showcase Fund and Hitmaker


PRS Foundation, the UK's leading charitable funder of new music and talent development, announces today the appointment of Kwame Safo as Grants & Programmes Manager (Industry Funds).

In this role, Kwame will oversee the management of a number of PRS Foundation's flagship funding programmes including the PPL Momentum Music FundInternational Showcase Fund and Hitmaker initiative.

Kwame Safo (also known as the DJ Funk Butcher) has over 15 years' experience as an active DJ, music producer and label owner (Houseology). Kwame has played a pivotal role in shaping the UK dance music landscape through his records, releases, live shows and his radio shows on Rinse FM, Kiss FM, Deja Vu FM and especially his Houseology 101 show which has been running since 2007.

Additionally, Kwame has played an important part on advocating safety and education for young people with his work as Lead Tutor for Capital Xtra's Musical Potential project in 2012 and as a consultant and Ambassador for the London Night Czar Amy Lamé's Sounds Like London initiative and event in 2018. Most recently, in 2020 Kwame took on the position of guest editor for Mixmag under the Blackout Mixmag header and tied together over 19 different features addressing systemic racism and the amplification of Black contributors.

Kwame Safo, Grants & Programmes Manager (Industry Funds), PRS Foundation said, "I'm really excited to get to work with an incredible organisation and help, but also to further build my understanding of the music landscape at this level. I'm also enthused that I've had the support of so many whilst also given room to be true to myself. That's very important to me, given the times we are in."

Joe Frankland, CEO of PRS Foundation said"We're delighted to welcome Kwame to the PRS Foundation team.  His music connections and experience across multiple sectors of the industry will be a fantastic asset to the organisation, the team and the ground-breaking industry funds he will be managing."

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