prs foundation announces the 73 organisations around the uk receiving talent development network support

PRS Foundation, the UK’s leading charitable funder of new music and talent development, announces today the 73 organisations supported through the Talent Development Network are:

Bradford Producing Hub
Brighter Sound
Bristol Beacon
Britten Sinfonia
Capsule Events
Carousel Project
Cheltenham Festivals
Cobalt Studios
Come Play With Me
Cre8ing Vision
Create Define Release (CDR)
Cryptic Glasgow
Dialled In
Drake Music
Drake Music Scotland
FOCUS Music f
Forté Project
Future Bubblers
Future Yard
Heart n Soul
International Guitar Foundation
Jazz North
Jazz re:freshed
Liverpool Sound City
Manchester Collective
Mercury Musical Developments and Musical Theatre Network
Moving On Music
Music Local/Music:Leeds
Oh Yeah Music Centre
OTO Projects (Cafe OTO)
Oxford Contemporary Music
Presteigne Festival of Music and the Arts
Red Note Ensemble
Royal Philharmonic Society
Serious Trust
Showcase Scotland Expo
Sound and Music
Sound Roots
Sound UK Arts
Tees Music Alliance
The Glasshouse International Centre for Music
The Marian Consort
The Music Works
The Nerve Centre
The Roundhouse Trust
The Warren Youth Project
Through The Noise
Tomorrow’s Warriors
Tŷ Cerdd – Music Centre Wales
UD Music Foundation
Un-Convention Hub
We Are The Unheard
We Make Culture
Wide Events (Wide Days)
Yorkshire Sound Women Network
English Folk Dance and Song Society
Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble
Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (hcmf//)
LIMF Academy
Manchester Jazz Festival
Opera North
South Asian Arts UK (SAA-uk)

Consolidating PRS Foundation’s Open Fund for Organisations and Talent Development Partner (TDP) funding initiatives into one holistic, multi-year funding scheme, the Talent Development Network, supported by PPL, offers grants of up to £25,000 per year for up to 3 years. Funding supports music creator development programmes, and grantees will be part of a UK-wide network enabling them to share knowledge and make connections.

By bringing together the best elements of PRS Foundation’s TDP network and the open application process, the Talent Development Network creates a strengthened and better-connected web of support for the music sector. With more support, over a greater period, organisations can plan for the longer term and increase the support for talented music creators across the UK.

Joe Frankland, CEO at PRS Foundation said, “It’s fantastic to welcome the first cohort of organisations into our new Talent Development Network. We know from discussions with the sector how important longer-term support is to enable them to plan more effectively and deliver better talent development programmes for music creators. I’m looking forward to the network developing, enabling us to see the gaps we need to address in the next intake of the cohort in 2025 and ensure that no matter what their genre, background or where they are based in the UK, music creators will be able to access support from a Talent Development Network organisation on their doorstep.”

Becci Scotcher, Senior Grants & Programmes Manager at PRS Foundation said, “Huge congratulations to the 73 organisations receiving support and forming the first cohort of our Talent Development Network. The application process was incredibly competitive – highlighting the great work so many organisations do for music creators in the nations and regions of the UK. We’re excited to support so many great long term development projects and kickstart the network to share knowledge, skills and opportunities for the talented music creators around the country.”

Kate Reilly, Chief Membership and People Officer at PPL said, “Dedicated organisations in all corners of the UK working across a multitude of genres are essential ingredients to building a sustainable music industry and PPL is happy to support a programme that helps cultivate and grow the next generation of creative music talent across the UK. Congratulations to all 73 organisations on securing funding through the Talent Development Network.

Michelle Escoffery, President of PRS Members’ Council and PRS Foundation Trustee, said, “Many congratulations to all the organisations selected for this first cohort of the Talent Development Network. We’re excited that this new initiative will enable the careers and creative practice of talented songwriters, composers and music creators across the music community to benefit from this investment. PRS for Music is proud to support the Foundation, and the interconnectivity of UK organisations through this Network will play a vital part in the journey of levelling up talent across the UK.”

The next intake of organisations will be in 2025, when new organisations will be invited to apply for 2 years of support and to be part of this new cohort of the network.  Find out more on PRS Foundation’s website towards the end of 2024.

The Talent Development Network was announced in December 2023. PRS Foundation continually looks at ways of ensuring its support has the most impact for the music creators and organisations it serves. The Talent Development Network was created following feedback from the sector, and by removing some of the limitations of existing programmes enabling a more sustainable way of supporting talent development, addressing the numerous barriers facing music creators and build on PRS Foundation’s proactive approach to supporting organisations in all UK nations and regions. Additionally, by consolidating the budgets of both the Open Fund for Organisations and the Talent Development Partner initiative, PRS Foundation has increased its efficiency as a funder and improve support and the evaluation of the impact of its funding.