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  • First targeted Yorkshire based PPL Momentum Accelerator grantees announced
  • Applications for the next round are open now – deadline for submissions is 16th November 2020 at 6pm

 

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

Camilla George – Recording 

Fatherson - Filmed live show, session videos and social content

Fatima – Recording and marketing

Florence Black – Recording and marketing

InVisions – Recording and marketing

Kadeem Tyrell – Recording and marketing

Lava La Rue – Marketing 

Lavida Loca – Recording and marketing 

Magugu – Recording 

Sarathy Korwar – Recording 

Tom Aspaul – Recording and marketing 

Tom Joshua – Recording 

 

PPL Momentum supported Sarathy Korwar said, "With this PPL Momentum Music Fund help I will be able to make the album I have dreamt of making without compromising on anything. I am hugely excited to start working on it."

Ben Wynter, Grants & Programmes Manager (Industry Funds) at PRS Foundation said, "We're delighted to again be supporting another round of hugely talented artists through our PPL Momentum Music Fund.  Our support has become even more critical as music creators look to adapt to the new challenges around them whilst still needing to advance their careers. We're proud to play our part in enabling music creators to have that opportunity to create and develop innovative and forward thinking ideas and strategies to allow them to capture new audiences, which in the current climate is essential to achieving success."

Sarah Mitchell, Director of Membership & Communications at PPL said: ""We are extremely proud of the support that the PPL Momentum Fund has been able to offer artists during this very tough year. It is helping them not just to keep their careers afloat but to continue to develop them, be that through recording new music or marketing and promotion to reach new audiences. The benefits of this funding are clear to see, with four of 2020's Mercury Prize nominees having previously been supported by the PPL Momentum Music Fund. Well done to our latest recipients and we wish them all the best for the future."

Creative Wales Deputy Director, Gerwyn Evans, said: "I'm delighted that we've been able to support these two artists through the PPL Momentum Music Fund to break through to the next step in their career. I wish them well for the future and encourage any artists from across Wales at a tipping point in their career to bid for the next round of funding."

In addition to this latest round, three Yorkshire based music creators have received PPL Momentum Accelerator grants of up to £5,000, in partnership with Music:Leeds' Launchpad, to develop their careers and continue building momentum to the get to the next vital tipping points in their careers.

 

The artists receiving PPL Momentum Accelerator support are:

English Teacher – support will go towards recording and marketing

Harkin – support will go towards recording and marketing

Simeon Walker – support will go towards PR, marketing and video production

 

PPL Momentum Accelerator funding supports exciting artists with a growing fanbase, currently working to establish a music industry team while the full PPL Momentum Music Fundsupport is for those artists with a team already in place and at a tipping point, ready to take the next step in their careers. The next deadline for applications to the PPL Momentum Music Fund is 16th November 2020 at 6pm via the PRS Foundation website. We are particularly interested in receiving more applications from outside of London: http://prsfoundation.com/funding/momentum-music-fund.

Managed by PRS Foundation, the PPL Momentum Music Fund awards grants of £5,000-£15,000 using funds from PRS Foundation, PPL, Creative Wales, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Invest Northern IrelandSpotify, 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. 

The PPL Momentum Accelerator Yorkshire edition is in partnership with Music:Leeds' Launchpad and has been made possible thanks to support from Youth Music and using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Leeds 2023, arts@leeds, and PRS Foundation's Talent Development Partner network. You can find out more about Launchpad here.

From April 2013-March 2020 (Years 1-7), Momentum supported 390 artists and invested over £3.74m into new music. Based on the 5 Years of Momentum Report (2013-18), this means Momentum has:

-           Supported 225 albums

-           Over 260 UK Tours and over 1,400 live dates

-           Generated over £18m for the UK music industry and UK economy.

 

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.

 

Listen to the latest PPL Momentum Music Fund supported artists on the Spotify Momentum playlist here.

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27 Nov 2020 | Press release

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26 Nov 2020 | Press release

Perfect Havoc expand with new employee hire

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26 Nov 2020 | Press release

Charlene Brown appointed as Chair of The Ivors Academy’s new Ethics Committee

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26 Nov 2020 | Press release

Pioneering Youth-Music event announces more speakers, sessions and networking opportunities

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26 Nov 2020 | Press release

Pete Tong brings live music back to The O2

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26 Nov 2020 | Press release

BMG acquires No Angels catalogue bringing Germany’s biggest ever popstars back to streaming services

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26 Nov 2020 | Press release

BBC Radio 1: Aitch x AJ Tracey, Billie Eilish, HAIM, and Royal Blood named on longlist for Annie Mac’s Hottest Record of the Year

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26 Nov 2020 | Press release

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26 Nov 2020 | Press release

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26 Nov 2020 | Press release

ESNS confirms first acts for 2021 edition

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26 Nov 2020 | Press release

Sony Music Brazil launch new programme to boost digital transformation in the Brazilian music industry

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26 Nov 2020 | Press release

MU expresses consternation as new Government measures deliver blow for live music

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25 Nov 2020 | Press release

Universal Music UK launch 0207 Def Jam label

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25 Nov 2020 | Press release

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25 Nov 2020 | Press release

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25 Nov 2020 | Press release

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25 Nov 2020 | Press release

Jackie Davidson MBE and Peter Thoms elected as directors at PPL Annual Performer Meeting 2020

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25 Nov 2020 | Press release

UK Music Chief urges chancellor to use new £4bn fund to help support music industry

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24 Nov 2020 | Press release

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24 Nov 2020 | Press release

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24 Nov 2020 | Press release

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24 Nov 2020 | Press release

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24 Nov 2020 | Press release

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24 Nov 2020 | Press release

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24 Nov 2020 | Press release

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24 Nov 2020 | Press release

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24 Nov 2020 | Press release

Sony/ATV Signs KOLIDESCOPES to Exclusive Global Deal

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24 Nov 2020 | Press release

Warner Music Group taps Dr. Kobi Abayomi as SVP, Data Science and Analytics

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24 Nov 2020 | Press release

Music Groups Unite to Again Ask Congress to Provide Relief from Toll of Pandemic

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27 Nov 2020

  • Latest Government guidelines leave live sector reeling (see News)

  • How an imaginary grandmother got millions of Spotify streams (see Features)

26 Nov 2020

  • Universal Music UK launches 0207 Def Jam (see Business)

  • Jackie Davidson and Peter Thoms elected as PPL Performer Directors (see News)

  • Guy Garvey and Crispin Hunt talk about the 'music streaming scandal' (see Features)

24 Nov 2020

  • Warner Music Group posts flat results in challenging year; Simon Robson named President, International, Recorded Music (see Business)

  • Government issues Winter Plan, but concerns raised for grassroots venues (see News)

  • SoundCloud reports strong growth for 2019 (see Business)

  • How Driift cracked livestreaming (see Features)

23 Nov 2020

  • The time for the impossible is now (see Comment)

  • Snapchat appears to have acquired Voisey (see Digital)

  • Amazon Music announces 'Ones to Watch 2021' list (see Digital)

20 Nov 2020

  • Taylor Swift’s masters: What Shamrock gets for $300m, why it matters, and what’s next (see Analysis)

  • Should the BBC have censored Fairytale of New York? (see Opinion)

19 Nov 2020

  • Artist Partner Group becomes independent; roster moves to Atlantic Records (see Business)

  • The Great Escape festival announces first fifty acts for 2021 edition (see News) 

17 Nov 2020

  • UK Music’s Music By Numbers report to highlight pre-pandemic success (see Analysis)

  • Scooter Braun sells Taylor Swift’s Big Machine masters (see Business)

  • Lil Nas X shows on Roblox score 33m views (see Digital)

  • VEVO DSCVR Artists To Watch 2021 named (see Digital)

16 Nov 2020

  • HMV makes loss, but confident about future (see Business)

  • Feature: Shabs Jobanputra, who set up Relentless Records 21 years ago (see Features)

13 Nov 2020

  • The US Commerce Department halts ban on TikTok (see Bigger Picture)

  • Abuse: Octavian dropped following allegations, AFEM launch Code of Conduct, Lily Allen speaks (see News, Features, News&Showbiz)

  • Steve Barnett: The Head Coach (see Features)

  • John Lewis, Amazon Music launch Christmas campaigns with hit potential music (see News)

12 Nov 2020

  • DCMS Committee inquiry to consider Government policy on music festivals support (see News)

  • Graham Norton to leave Radio 2 (see Media)

  • Composer Howard Goodall on post-Brexit touring in the EU (see Analysis)