PRS & BASCA Give Producers & Singer/SongWriters A Leg Up With £10K Grant
PRS Foundation alongside BASCA trust have launched the first major UK fund for musicians, offering a chance for singers, songwriters and producers to develop their careers with the help of a £10,000 grant.
Created in response to music creatives behind the scenes not benefitting from other major funding programmes and grants, the new grant will support those at the centre of the music industry creating the content, which drives its success.
To qualitfy for the PRS Foundation's Writer Producer fund, applicants must be UK based ‘behind the scenes’ songwriters and writer-producers, with at least three commercially exploited works that can either have been performed live, received media coverage or radio play, or released via commercial channels.
The fund is being supported by songwriter-tothe-stars, Carla Marie Williams, who has co-written for Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Craig David, Girls Aloud and Kylie Minogue.
"I'm so delighted the Writer Producer Fund has been created." Carla said, "As a professional songwriter of 10 years, I can seriously say The Writer Producer Fund will most definitely be a crucial new resource for songwriters wanting to invest in themselves and create new opportunities for their careers, whilst maintaining momentum. The fund will inspire and motivate a community of songwriters and will hopefully help to increase UK songwriters success worldwide! Exciting times!”
Vanessa Reed, CEO at PRS Foundation, commented: “We’re delighted to launch this new fund, the first of its kind, to support the career development of talented songwriters and writer-producers, who play a critical role in the UK’s music industry. Talented music creators who work behind the scenes rather than on stage and in the limelight tend to be overlooked when it comes to funding. Our new initiative responds to that gap, allowing some of the most exciting songwriters and writer producers to access the crucial support they need to take that next step in their career. I look forward to seeing who applies over the next few months and to working with our friends at the BASCA Trust on maximising the reach of this important resource.”
For more information and to apply, visit http://www.prsformusicfoundation.com/
Words: Keisha McDonald