PRS for Music Foundation Announce Final Call for Applications for 2017 Open Fund13-Sep-2017
The PRS have recently announced their last deadline for applications to their Open Fund for projects that involve the creation, performance and promotion of new music.
The Performing Right Society (PRS) for Music Foundation is the UK's largest independent funder purely for new music of any genre. The Foundation's Open Fund for Organisations offers grants to promoters, large performance groups, talent development organisations, venues and curators that promote and encourage new music.
Grants of up to £10,000 are available for projects that involve the creation, performance and promotion of new music, and enable songwriters, composers, artists, bands and performers of all backgrounds to develop creatively and professionally.
The aim of the scheme is to support:
- Projects involving the creation, performance or promotion of new music by living, UK-based music creators (this can include a commission, residency, education project or tour).
- Recording costs.
- Programmes that strongly feature or are based around new music (for example the promotion of live events featuring outstanding new music, the new music component of a festival programme, artist/composer/talent development programme or multiple commissions).
- Equipment/rehearsal space hire if it is an essential part of the project.
- Administrative costs (this can include time spent organising the project, letters, printing, stamps).
- Development time (including time taken for the music creator to work on the new material).
- Promotional activity/PR costs relating directly to development as the music creator or project.
- Website creation (only if crucial to the promotion of the project).
- Music videos when part of wider project activity.
- Musician fees (projects will not be funded if the musicians are not paid).
- Contingency (up to 10% of the total project budget).
- Concerts, record launches, gigs, tours, installations, festivals and promoters which feature a significant programme of new UK music.
Grants are available for not for profit organisations including promoters, large performance groups, talent development organisations, venues and curators in the UK; to be eligible, PRS ask that organisations must be able to show they have been playing, writing or developing for over 18 months.
The last deadline for stage one applications this year is 2nd October 2017.