kokoroko, model man, conjurer, emmavie and robocobra quartet among the latest artists to receive support from prs foundation’s ppl 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 Northern Ireland, Spotify and Ben Sherman 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:

Conjurer – Recording
Dana Gavanski – Recording
Dream Nails – Marketing
Emmavie – Recording, Marketing, Promotion
Himalayas – Recording and Marketing
Holy Esque – Recording, Marketing and Touring (2021)
Kofi Stone – Recording, Marketing, Promotion
KOKOROKO – Marketing and Promotion
Low Island – Marketing
Mega – Marketing
Model Man – Marketing
Robocobra Quartet – Recording and Touring (2021)

PPL Momentum supported Dana Gavinski said, “This fund is a huge help, especially during these very uncertain times, helping me focus on making a beautiful album with people that inspire me.”

Ben Wynter, Grants & Programmes Manager (Industry Funds) at PRS Foundation said, “Congratulations to all 12 artists receiving the latest round of PPL Momentum support. We recognise the importance of being able to continue to support talent at critical tipping points, enabling them to navigate their way into what could be a new look music industry and ensuring that new music is still able to cut through despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Helping get talent back to work and ensuring that they do not lose the momentum that they have worked so hard to achieve up to this point in their careers is so important and this fund as well as the PRS Foundation’s other funding opportunities are playing a vital role in sector recovery and underscoring how important it is to support creation, resilience and long term development.”

Sarah Mitchell, Director of Membership & Communications at PPL said: “PRS Foundation and the PPL Momentum Fund have continued to support UK artists throughout Covid-19, and it is a pleasure to announce another raft of funding for twelve more talented acts. Hundreds of creators have had their careers supported by this fund – indeed, four of this year’s Mercury Prize nominees are past recipients – and so we are excited to see what, with the help of our grants, these twelve artists can achieve. We wish them all the best.”

Ciaran Scullion, Head of Music, Arts Council of Northern Ireland added, “The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is proud to partner with PRS Foundation on PPL Momentum Music Fund, a vital initiative which enables our artists to take that all important next step in the development of their professional music careers. We are committed to providing valuable, meaningful opportunities for our artists to develop and this funding programme offers artists not only the opportunity to connect with the UK-wide industry, but also to showcase the tremendous talent that is inherent to Northern Ireland on an international stage. Congratulations to all the artists taking part in this round and to Northern Ireland’s, Robracobra Quartet, who will benefit greatly from this opportunity to record and tour.”

The next deadline for applications to the PPL Momentum Music Fund is 24 August 2020 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 Scotland, Arts Council of Wales, Welsh Government, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Invest Northern Ireland. 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. Event partner Ben Sherman offers live opportunities, additional marketing, promotional and bespoke branding support.

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.

Additionally, the PPL Momentum Accelerator opportunity offering targeted support for talented artists and industry professionals based in Yorkshire, is still receiving applications until 7 August 2020. PPL Momentum Accelerator is in partnership with Music:Leeds’ “Launchpad” scheme supported by Arts Council England.

PPL Momentum Accelerator offers support of up to £5,000 to four artists and will ringfence at least two full PPL Momentum Music Fund grants of up to £15,000 to artists based in Yorkshire.

Eligible artists can find out more information and apply for PPL Momentum Accelerator support via PRS Foundation’s website here.