The Comet is Coming, Jamie Isaac, Ms Banks, Our Girl and Jalen N’Gonda among the latest 16 artists to receive Momentum Music Fund support

PRS Foundation, the UK’s leading funder of new music and talent development, together with Arts Council England, Spotify and PPL, announces today (24 January 2017) the 16 artists that have been supported in the latest round of Momentum Music funding.

The 16 artist are:

Cattle & Cane – 2nd album recording and marketing

Champion – Debut album release, marketing and tour

Darq E Freaker – Debut album release and tour

Jalen N’Gonda – Single marketing and UK headline tour

Jamie Isaac – UK Tour

Jammz – 3 single releases

Jaykae – EP release, marketing and tour

Jerry Williams – EP recording, release, marketing and tour

Meadowlark – Debut album release marketing

Mista Silva – Album recording, marketing and tour

Ms Banks – Recording, marketing and promotion

Mt Wolf – PR, marketing, tour, and music video production

Nubiyan Twist – Album recording and release

Our Girl – Debut album recording, release and tour

The Comet is Coming – 2nd album writing and recording

Wildwood Kin – EP and single recording, marketing, video production and tour

Momentum supported, and Mercury Prize nominated, The Comet is Coming said, "So excited to be awarded the Momentum Music Fund which will be supporting us as we create our new album. This is an incredible opportunity for us to show our full potential and put everything we have into a musical journey beyond our imagination!"

Huey Walker, Arts Council England said: “The Arts Council continues to invest money through the Momentum Music Fund because we know how important it is to support artists to make that next step in their career. Many congratulations to each of the brilliant artists who have been successful in this latest funding round.”

Vanessa Reed, Chief Executive of PRS Foundation said, “Congratulations to the 16 talented artists selected for the latest round of our Momentum fund which is now supported by PPL as well as PRS Foundation, Arts Council England and Spotify.  I'm really impressed by the breadth & quality of artists now being selected for this fund which has supported over 170 artists since the fund began in 2013. The huge demand for our latest deadline demonstrates how crucial access to investment is at tipping point in artists' careers.”

Bryan Johnson, Director of Artist Services at Spotify said, “Congratulations to the sixteen artists selected for this round of Momentum Funding. We look forward to working with all artists and their teams, and providing them with the platform and opportunities to expand their fanbase and showcase their music to our global audience of 100+ million users.”

Peter Leathem, Chief Executive of PPL commented: “We are very excited to be able to work with the PRS Foundation to support the Momentum Music Fund for the first time.  The sixteen artists who have been selected to receive the funding are representative of the UK’s diverse musical soundscape and we cannot wait to see what they achieve over the next year.  We are delighted to be able to support them in their career.

Since 2013 the Momentum Music fund has supported over 170 artists, over 80 new albums and more than 100 UK tours totaling over 650 UK live dates. The recent impact report analysing the first three years of the fund revealed that every £1 invested by Momentum has generated £7.46 for the UK music industry.

Managed by PRS Foundation, the Momentum Music fund awards grants of £5,000-£15,000 using public funding from Arts Council England and support from PPL. Spotify, the official digital partner on the fund, contributes additional funding and a reward package containing exciting promotional opportunities and close working relationship between Momentum artists and the Spotify team.

For a full rundown of all the artists supported so far see: http://prsformusicfoundation.com/Funding/Momentum-Music- Fund/Momentum-Artists/Latest-Artists/ .  The next deadline for applications to the Momentum Music Fund is 21st February 2017 via the PRS Foundation website. We are particularly interested in receiving more applications from outside of London: http://www.prsformusicfoundation.com/Funding/Momentum-Music-Fund.

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