pit pony, deyah, and imogen among the latest artists to receive ppl momentum music fund support

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 latest artists that will receive support from the pioneering PPL Momentum Music Fund.

The artists who have been selected by a network of industry experts, are:

Benny Atlas – Recording, marketing, and visual production

DEYAH – Marketing

Elli Ingram – Marketing and promotion

Happi – Recording

Imogen – Recording, marketing, promotion and touring

King Hannah – Recording

Pit Pony – Recording and promotion

Saint Joshua – Recording, marketing, promotion and touring

PPL Momentum Music supported Imogen said, “I’m beyond grateful. Not only will this PPL Momentum Music Fund support enable me to work with brilliant people and resources but will open up the next stage of my career, both creatively and professionally.”

Kwame Safo, Grants & Programmes Manager (Industry Funds) at PRS Foundation said: “Huge congratulations to the 8 talented artists receiving this latest round of PPL Momentum Music Fund support. The need for this type of targeted and timely support remains vital for those music creators at a key tipping point, to get to that next stage of their careers – particularly in such uncertain times as we have today. I look forward to seeing the impact of this support and following the careers of each of the 8 excellent artists announced today.” 

Kate Reilly, Chief Membership and People Officer at PPL, said: We are proud to offer vital career support to talented UK artists who have successfully applied for grants in the latest round of the PPL Momentum Fund. It is designed to help artists with an established fan base and support team make the next step in their career, and it has an enviable track record – this year’s well deserved Mercury Prize winner Little Simz was supported by the PPL Momentum Music Fund as were three other shortlisted artists: Nova Twins, Sam Fender and Yard Act. Congratulations to all receiving funding today and we wish you the best of luck for the future.

Joe Frankland, CEO, PRS Foundation said, “Congratulations to the latest round of artists receiving PPL Momentum Music Fund support. As we approach the 10-year anniversary of Arts Council England and PRS Foundation launching this pioneering fund in 2013, it’s inspiring to see the continuing impact of this ground-breaking initiative thanks to partners PPL, Creative Wales, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Invest Northern Ireland and Spotify. The long-term benefits of timely co-investment are clear to see when 9 out of 12 Mercury Prize nominees have received PRS Foundation support, including several PPL Momentum funded artists and this year’s deserving winner, Little Simz. I look forward to seeing the most recent grantees forging their own successes.

PPL Momentum Music Fund is targeted support for artists who who have reached a crucial tipping point and are ready to take the next step in their careers.

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 Ireland. Spotify, the official digital partner of the fund, contributes additional funding and a reward package containing exciting promotional opportunities and a close working relationship between PPL Momentum Music Fund artists and the Spotify team.

The next deadline to apply for PPL Momentum Music Fund support is 26th October 2022 at 6pm.  Further deadlines will be announced in 2023. Applicants can find out more and apply on PRS Foundation’s website.

PPL became headline sponsors of the Momentum Music Fund in February 2020. Since then, more than 55 talented music creators at tipping points in their careers have received this vital support to break through to the next level. This type of support is crucial for both music creators’ careers and the wider industry as the 5 Years of Momentum Report (2013-18) found the fund had 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: https://prsfoundation.com/funding-support/funding-music-creators/next-steps/ppl-momentum-music-fund/momentum-artists/

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