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  • Latest round of grantees features a Grammy Award winner, a producer with multiple syncs across BBC, E4 and Sky One, and songwriter producers who have worked with top artists such as Nile Rodgers, Ayra Starr, Run-DMC, Niall Horan, Janet Jackson and Bad Bunny

  • Conversations with the sector have begun to increase women and gender diverse songwriter and producer applications in 2024 onwards

 

PRS Foundation, the UK’s leading charitable funder of new music and talent development announces today the latest producers and songwriters to receive support from the ground-breaking Hitmaker fund are:

Dëra – receiving Hitmaker support for: International writing sessions
Dëra kickstarted his career in Nigeria, where he honed his beat-making and production skills while pursuing an engineering degree at university. At 23, Dëra has crafted hits in collaboration with a diverse array of artists and producers, including Major Lazer, Bad Bunny, Majid Jordan, Ayra Starr, Joeboy, Guiltybeatz, and Sarz and achieved the remarkable milestone of becoming a Grammy award-winning producer.

Jamal Woon – receiving Hitmaker support for: Studio equipment upgrades and an international writing camp

Jamal Woon’s impressive portfolio includes producing music for renowned artists such as FLO, Bad Bunny, Sauti Sol, Joeboy, Oxlade, Major Lazer, Victony, Ayra Starr and more.

Johnny Madden – receiving Hitmaker support for: UK-wide sessions and equipment purchases
Johnny Madden is a highly sought after songwriter and producer who has become a trailblazer within the Scottish music scene and has had sync placements on FOX, Champions League & Europa League (BT Sport), Valentino, Brassic (Sky One), The Syndicate (BBC), Made In Chelsea (E4) and worked with bands such as Spyres (LAB), Gallus (Marshall Records), Uninvited (LAB), Voodoos, Joshua Grant (Ditto Music / Opulous), Cameron Hayes and Dillon Squire (LAB / 7 West).

Nat Powers – receiving Hitmaker support for: International studio sessions
Nat Powers’ work has spanned multiple countries worldwide having worked with the likes of Snoop Dogg, Run-DMC, Wu Tang Clan, Giggs, Kano, D Double E, Idris Elba, Janet Jackson, Greentea Peng, Skepta, Professor Green and many others. He also produced the World’s first Grime Ballet in partnership with The Alexander Whitley Dance company, Boxpark London and Red Bull.

Robert Shields – receiving Hitmaker support for: Studio time
Scottish songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Robert Shields aka ONR counts Nile Rodgers, Jake Bugg and Phantogram amongst his collaborators. His unique brand of alternative power-indie-pop combines the sensibilities of 70s UK singer-songwriter-throwbacks with the pop ambition and scale of the huge American productions. Shields spends his time working between his studio in South Scotland, London and Los Angeles, working with producers and mix engineers such as Spike Stent (Ed Sheeran, U2, Madonna), Doc McKinney (The Weeknd, Drake) and Mark Crew (Bastille, Rag'n'Bone Man).

Tony Burrata – receiving Hitmaker support for: Studio hire and piano course

Tony Burrata began his musical journey as an engineer under the stewardship of Jamie Scott, earning engineering credits on four #1 chart-topping records by artists Niall Horan, Tom Grennan, Westlife and Coldplay. Having honed his skills on major releases, Tony transitioned into the indie and alternative music scenes. His recent collaborations with Dolores Forever, Sophia Alexa and Carpark have cemented his reputation as a versatile and innovative writer/producer. 
 

Hitmaker supported producer and songwriter Nat Powers said “Being able to have support from PRS Foundation’s Hitmaker fund is allowing me to not only pursue bigger ambitions, but to leverage my career to a new unprecedented height at a time of intense attention, demand and possibility…This couldn't have come at a better time, and I'm extremely grateful to the fund for seeing the value in me and my work.”

John Hendrickse, Grants & Programmes Manager at PRS Foundation said, “Congratulations to all the excellent songwriters and producers receiving Hitmaker Fund support in this latest round. We’re delighted to be able to support those talented professional songwriters and producers, at crucial moments in their careers to ensure they can continue to develop and take that vital step up.

We recognise that this is the second round in which our Hitmaker fund has not received as many applications from the many talented and eligible women and gender diverse songwriters and producers that we know are out there in the UK today. It was fantastic to see in 2021 so many talented women and gender diverse songwriters and producers come forward and apply to our targeted Hitmaker round and access and benefit from this support. We have begun conversations with the sector and will expand and develop those into 2024 to ensure women and gender diverse songwriters and producers consistently apply in future rounds.

The next Hitmaker deadline to apply will be announced in the coming weeks and will be open for application submissions in 2024. PRS Foundation has already connected with existing partners and will be working more closely with key stakeholders in the sector over the coming weeks and months to address the known underrepresentation in the short and long-term. We encourage in the meantime women and gender diverse behind the scenes songwriters and producers to find out more about the Hitmaker Fund through our webinar with award winning songwriter Michelle Escoffery and through the information and guidance on the PRS Foundation website. Potential applicants can also get in contact with the team to ask questions via info@prsfoundation.com.

Hitmaker support offers songwriters, producers and music creators working behind the scenes in popular music genres to further develop their careers and writing/production credits with grants of up to £10,000. Under the previous guise of the pilot Writer Producer Fund, Hitmaker has supported talent that has worked with the likes of Nicki Minaj, Paramore, Stormzy, Kylie and many more.

Additionally, supported songwriters and producers have developed into a community of behind-the-scenes music creators, through Hitmaker events and a unique online network designed to connect talent and encourage collaboration.

PRS Foundation’s Hitmaker fund is open to UK based behind-the-scenes songwriters, producers and music creators that have had at least three commercially exploited works, whether performed live, received media coverage, radio play, streams or released via commercial channels.

Hitmaker applicants can apply for support for:

  • Time to create
  • Training / Skills courses at places such as Point Blank / SSE
  • Creative / Professional development
  • Studio hire
  • Purchase of equipment / software / hardware (covers up to 25% of costs)
  • Tracking
  • UK writing space rental / lease
  • Maternity leave and childcare

Applications can be made through the PRS Foundation website. Applicants will need to submit at least two tracks with registered cuts. 

03 Mar 2024 | Press release

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03 Mar 2024 | Press release

East London music festival Shake the High Road returns to Leytonstone on Saturday 4 May 2024

  The line-up boasts 20+ live artists and DJs, plus a series of talks and interviews. Featuring all-day live music and more, across five venues within a few minutes walk from each other. Line-up so far includes Nathan Fake, Deptford Northern Soul Club,...more

01 Mar 2024 | Press release

IDOL Inks Two North American Deals, Appoints US Label Manager

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01 Mar 2024 | Press release

2024 Artist & Manager Awards returns to the Bloomsbury Big Top on Thursday 21 November

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01 Mar 2024 | Press release

UMPG statement on TikTok

  TikTok is removing UMPG songs because there is no license in place. As you may have heard, to date, they have not agreed to recognize the fair value of your songs, which so many other digital partners around the world have done.  As we previously addressed in our open letter, in...more

01 Mar 2024 |

The Official Singles Chart - what should its future be?

For years now, the Official Singles Chart has been something of an unhappy compromise. Now in 2024, it’s in real danger of finally creaking into oblivion, weighed down by the sheer number of bolt-on changes and rule tweaks that it’s...more

29 Feb 2024 | Press release

Streaming and vinyl propels UK music business to new all-time high

Annualised revenue exceeds 2001 record   Booming streaming subscriptions and sales of vinyl albums have propelled UK recorded music revenues to an all-time-high of over £2,223m. The new high was achieved in the chart week ended Friday 23 February, according to numbers calculated...more

29 Feb 2024 | Press release

Alternative Songs announce raft of new deals

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29 Feb 2024 | Press release

Damaris Rex-Taylor promoted to Managing Director at RCA Records UK

  Sony Music UK has today announced that Damaris Rex-Taylor has been promoted to Managing Director at RCA Records UK.   Damaris has worked across the music industry in both independent and major labels as well as in media and artist management. With...more

29 Feb 2024 | Press release

Manchester to host 2024 MTV EMAs

MTV today confirmed that the 2024 MTV EMAs will take place in Manchester, UK. Now in its 30th year, this is the first time ever that music’s biggest global celebration will be staged in the city, and also marks its...more

29 Feb 2024 | Press release

Steve Heap sets retirement date, hands AFO operation to AIF

AIF and AFO will represent combined membership of over 200 festivals Steve Heap will retire from his position as General Secretary of the Association of Festival Organisers on April 2 2024, handing over the operation to John Rostron and the team...more

29 Feb 2024 | Press release

Experience Commerce Platform Easol Officially Expands to North America with Opening of New York Office

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28 Feb 2024 | Press release

UK’s leading agency for bespoke vinyl packaging, Key Production, eyes EU markets with expansion

  The UK’s no.1 bespoke design and packaging agency for vinyl, CD, cassette and DVD now offering services for European labels  Expansion allows the award-winning company to explore new markets New division offers European labels access to Key Production’s whole supply chain of...more

28 Feb 2024 | Press release

Believe UK signs global partnership with Bella Union

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28 Feb 2024 | Press release

Bella Figura Music make two key hires

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28 Feb 2024 | Press release

UK Music Calls On Chancellor To Slash VAT To Throw Industry A "Vital Lifeline" And Help Save Closure-Threatened Venues

UK Music, the collective voice of the UK music industry, has urged Chancellor Jeremy Hunt to slash VAT in the Budget to throw the sector a "vital lifeline" and help save closure-threatened venues. UK Music Interim Chief Executive Tom Kiehl called...more

28 Feb 2024 | Press release

The BRIT Awards 2024 with Mastercard reveals another winner ahead of main show this coming Saturday

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28 Feb 2024 | Press release

French Montana Dives into Generative Music on "Ride the Wave"

Rapper and hitmaker collabs with SOUNDRAW's unique AI platform to create the beat for a new single from his latest album. French Montana has worked with SOUNDRAW to craft his new single, "Ride the Wave," demonstrating how artists and producers can...more

28 Feb 2024 | Press release

Bucks Music Group forms JV with veteran Eddie Levy for Chelsea Songs

The new independent publisher launches with Bill Withers and Andre Rieu catalogues for the UK.   Music publishing veteran Eddie Levy has launched new independent company Chelsea Songs as a joint venture with Bucks Music Group. The new publisher represents the catalogues of...more

28 Feb 2024 | Press release

Leading Women in the UK Music Industry unite to combat gender-based violence and poverty worldwide

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28 Feb 2024 | Press release

ASCAP Delivers Record-Breaking Financial Results

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28 Feb 2024 | Press release

BMG promotes Marian Wolf to lead publishing in North America

  BMG has announced it has promoted longtime publishing executive Marian Wolf to lead its Publishing teams in North America. Now serving as Senior Vice President, Music Publishing, North America, Wolf will head BMG’s single largest business unit from Los Angeles,...more

27 Feb 2024 | Press release

"No climate action without us"

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27 Feb 2024 | Press release

IMPALA invites Apple to discuss alternatives to coupling spatial and royalties

  Over the last few weeks, IMPALA has been gathering views on Apple’s proposal to apply a 10% stream rate uplift for music available in spatial audio, in a move which will have negative consequences for parts of the industry, particularly...more

27 Feb 2024 | Press release

Riot Noise launches “social enterprise for artists”

New Initiative Unveiled by Industry Veterans Ronnie Traynor, Nicky Maciocia and Ben Johnson Cassyette, Yonaka and Gateway Girl First Beneficiaries of Development Fund   A new initiative aimed at providing opportunities for emerging artists through funding, artist development programmes and ongoing industry expertise...more

27 Feb 2024 | Press release

Licensable music marketplace Wavetick launches with industry-leading sales shares for creators and instant payouts

  Former Splice employee, Sample Magic Founder, artist and producer Sharooz Raoofi is disrupting the landscape with this super-creator-friendly proposition. Made by music-makers, Wavetick is creator-friendly and enables utilisation of a mass of undiscovered, unplayed, unused music, and unpaid makers. The platform's unique...more

27 Feb 2024 | Press release

SEVENTEEN's FML announced by IFPI as biggest-selling Global Album of the Year

IFPI, the organisation that represents the recorded music industry worldwide, has announced SEVENTEEN's FML as the winner of the IFPI Global Album Award for 2023. The IFPI Global Album Award is calculated according to an album's worldwide sales across streaming, download and physical...more

27 Feb 2024 | Press release

First exhibition to document 500 years of Black music in Britain opens at the British Library this spring

Beyond the Bassline (26 April – 26 August 2024) is the first major exhibition to document 500 years of Black music in Britain Events with Joan Armatrading, Eddy Grant and No Signal confirmed with more to be revealed New works by Touching Bass, Jukebox Collective,...more

27 Feb 2024 | Press release

The BRITs outlines all-round commitment to positive environmental impact

Partnership with NO MUSIC ON A DEAD PLANET  - the first ever awards to partner with a climate campaign  - launching Music Declares Emergency's public call to action New and continuing partnerships for 2024 including: Julie's Bicycle, Life Water, Heard, Eco-Age, Lowr, Inspired Efficiency,...more

27 Feb 2024 | Press release

In a world first, two innovative UK startups join forces at SXSW to capture and share immersive 3D interviews with just a single device

Volvid and Velox will be shooting live 3D content at UK House and British Music Embassy throughout SXSW   Volvid and Velox, two innovative UK startups, are uniting at SXSW 2024 to demonstrate the most accessible 3D immersive content capture and sharing to date;...more

01 Mar 2024

  • How could the Official Singles Chart be improved? (see Comment) 

  • Universal Music Publishing on TikTok: "Every indication is that they simply do not value your music" (see Comment)

29 Feb 2024

  • UMG/TikTok talks stumble over money, copyright and use of AI (see News)

  • ERA reports streaming and vinyl propels UK music business to new all-time high (see Reports)

28 Feb 2024

  • British pop is slowly dying and all hope now rests with one band (see Opinion)

  • Spotify paid out nearly $4.5bn to independent rights holders in 2023 (see Digital)

27 Feb 2024

  • A glimpse into post-entertainment society... it's not pretty (see Opinion)

  • TikTok claims UMG catalogue, including publishing, is ‘approximately 30% of popular music on our platform’ (see Digital)

26 Feb 2024

  • Grassroots events are going under. That’s bad news for our cultural ecosystem (see Features)

23 Feb 2024

  • Apple reveals new details about Spotify’s business as possible EU fine nears (see Digital)

  • MU: Government announces Equitable Remuneration Working Group dominated by labels (see News)

  • Jeff Smith talks about Radio 2's ongoing commitment to new music (see Media)

22 Feb 2024

  • Spotify launches in-house music advisory agency for brands (see Digital)

  • How K-Pop took over the global charts in 2023 (see Reports)

21 Feb 2024

  • Universal Music Group acquires minority stake in Chord Music Partners (see Business)

20 Feb 2024

  • Why labels need to redefine their purpose and refresh their measures of success (see Opinion)

  • IPO publishs its research findings into possible intervention models in streaming; BPI responds (see News)

  • Hipgnosis Songs Fund launches High Court claim against investment adviser and former CEO (see Business)

19 Feb 2024

  • Apple faces a €500m fine over Spotify’s antitrust complaint (see News)