|THE OPEN FUND FOR MUSIC CREATORS|
|Deadline:||02 October 2017|
|Date Posted:||04 January 2017|
The Open Fund for Music Creators supports the development of outstanding songwriters and composers of all genres and backgrounds at different stages of their career.|
The fund can support projects by songwriters, composers, or artists, bands, producers and performers who are writing their own music or commissioning others.
Music Creators’ projects must fulfill all three of our funding priorities:
1. To support the creation, performance and promotion of outstanding new music in any genre
We are particularly interested in the quality of the music
2. To enable the UK’s most talented music creators to realise their potential
We are interested in how your project will develop the songwriters and composers involved.
If you are a songwriter/composer you will need to tell us why this particular activity is so crucial to your creative or professional development.
If you are a solo performer or small performance group commissioning others, you will need to explain why your project is so important to the songwriter or performer you are working with.
We are committed to supporting UK based songwriters and composers of all backgrounds.
3. To inspire audiences
You will be asked to outline who you are reaching and how. This includes audiences at a local, regional, national or international level
What is a music creator?
The following are considered by PRS for Music Foundation to be Music Creators:
artists, bands, producers and performers who are writing their own music or commissioning other songwriters or composers
Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page for information on Music Creators we consider eligible and ineligible, including advice on restrictions around financial set-up.
The Open Fund supports Music Creators of all genres and backgrounds and at different stages of their career.
Through The Open Fund, we support high quality new music projects and therefore cannot support core organisational costs, salary costs or living costs.
Click here to see the full list of other PRS for Music Foundation opportunities for organisations and music creators.
How much can Music Creators apply for?
The Open Fund for Music Creators offers grants of up to £5,000.
Our funding includes support of:
• music creator residencies
• promotion and marketing
• commissions of new music by UK-based creators*
• exciting community projects involving high-quality music creators
• live performances featuring new UK music
*We define ‘commission’ as a music creator or group engaged by a third party to create a new piece of music.
What can’t be covered by an Open Fund grant for Music Creators?
Through The Open Fund, we support high quality new music projects which have tangible musical outcomes and a clearly defined start and end date.
We cannot support core organisational costs, salary costs or living costs. We can fund administration costs relating to the project at a maximum of 10% of total budget.
See PRS for Music Foundation’s Open Fund Criteria for full details.
When are The Open Fund deadlines?
Deadlines occur three times per calendar year. (See link at bottom for more info).
When applying, keep in mind that we can only support activity happening after the decision date for your deadline – this will mean your activity must be at least 12 weeks after the deadline.
We will close the application forms for up to 12 weeks after each deadline for system upkeep.
We expect your project to take place within 1 year of receiving our grant.
|International Showcase Fund|
|Date Posted:||23 November 2016|
The International Showcase Fund offers funding support to artists based in England and Scotland invited to play at international showcasing festivals and conferences. Grants of up to £5,000 help to cover the costs of travel, visas and accommodation.|
The International Showcase Fund is a partnership between PRS for Music Foundation, UK Trade & Investment, British Underground, Arts Council England, the Musicians’ Union, PPL and Creative Scotland and in association with PledgeMusic.
As well as offering grant support, partners offer advice, guidance and workshops for some events. Associate partner, PledgeMusic provides bespoke advice to any applicant wanting to include Direct to Fan income as part of their showcase budget, as well as ongoing support for ISF grantees.
What is Music Export?
So, you or your band is well on the way to breaking in the UK. You’ve had some success with your releases, toured the country, and are now eyeing territories beyond our shores to develop your career. In short, you are ready to export your music.
The UK is one of the biggest exporters of new music in the world. Every year our finest emerging talent is invited to key music industry-focused festivals and showcasing events to perform to interested international labels, promoters, agents and publishers.
Although it is crucial for an act to attract and secure deals in territories outside of the UK, these initial forays overseas can be expensive. The International Showcase Fund exists to help cover the costs of these trips, enabling artists to connect with and showcase to their potential next label, promoter or music supervisor.
Which showcase festivals are covered by the fund?
The kinds of events and festivals that are covered by the funding are those that have a mostly music industry audience or delegation. The fund can not support artists to play at festivals for the general public.
Examples of showcase festivals:
SXSW in Austin, USA
Tallinn Music Week, Tallinn, Estonia
JazzAhead, Bremen, Germany
CMJ in New York, USA
Folk Alliance International, Kansas City, USA
Eurosonic, Groningen, The Netherlands
Americana Music Association Festival, Nashville, USA
NXNE, Toronto, Canada
A3C Hip Hop Festival, Atlanta, USA
Iceland Airwaves, Reykjavik, Iceland
Classical Next, Vienna, Austria
Midem, Cannes, France
Rochester Jazz Festival, New York, USA
There are over 50 eligible events each year. Click here for a fuller list. If you have been invited to play an event and are unsure of its suitability, please email email@example.com.
Am I eligible for support from the International Showcase Fund?
Are you a band/artist based in England or Scotland?
Do you write and perform your own music, that is exceptional?
Have you been invited to play at an international event, with a conference element, that is geared towards music industry professionals rather than the general public?
Have you got a good profile in the UK (i.e. been featured in the national press/had airplay on national radio/and indie release)?
Do you have a list of meetings with music industry executives (i.e. publishers, labels, agencies, etc.) confirmed for when you are at your chosen showcase?
Do you have a strong business case for attending this specific showcase (i.e. are you building upon prior success there, or following up on significant buzz surrounding your band in that particular country)?
If you answer yes to all of the questions below then you are eligible to apply.
If any of the above doesn’t apply to you, you could still be eligible to apply to one of our other funding options.
There are over 50 eligible events each year. Below is a list of eligible events. We highly recommend the Explore International Music Showcasing Toolkit – an invaluable resource for those considering international events.
If you have been invited to play an event and are unsure of its suitability, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Andrew S. Way Music Foundation|
|Date Posted:||31 August 2016|
The Andrew S. Way Music Foundation is committed to the composition, education, and performance of new music. The process by which this is achieved has two major components: first the grant selects composers to write new music (for a school or organization), then music educators apply for the opportunity to perform the music with their ensembles in live concert. When the two are matched, the foundation will also help facilitate and encourage communication between the composer, the educator, and the ensemble. Currently accepting all applicants from the Bay Area.|
The Andrew S. Way Foundation welcomes composer and school/organization applicants from all walks of life and musical paths, and is dedicated to supporting all types of music.