Supporting artists, songwriters and composers to create and develop when they need it most
**JULY UPDATE: Donations help us to support outstanding Black music creators affected by the COVID-19 pandemic**
PRS Foundation is the UK’s leading charitable funder of new music and talent development.
We respond to needs to enable creative and career progression, and we believe that the success of the music we fund is driven by the diversity of the people who create it.
We are proud to be a part of the Spotify COVID-19 Music Relief project, which was created to help support the global music community during this unprecedented crisis. It aims to amplify the efforts of organisations that focus on helping artists and those in the creative community most in need.
Spotify's donation to PRS Foundation and your donations will enable us to do what we do best - supporting artists and songwriters to create and develop when they need it most.
Together with Spotify's donation and your support, we launched the Sustaining Creativity Fund:
- Designed for music creators experiencing hardship from loss of work due to the Covid-19 pandemic
- This fund helps UK music creators to do what they do best, using a new model to support music making, however that looks
- We will offer timely grant support of £750 to make a difference and will support outstanding talent in flexible ways
- The grant can be spent on anything that enables music creators to continue to create exceptional new music
- This includes using support to adapt and sustain careers by covering lost income, supporting your costs or cash-flow
- It allows creators to spend time writing, recording, collaborating, innovating and making creative plans
- Funding will be available to those making music in any genre.
This is a new type of support which responds to the changing needs of creators. For those experiencing significant impact on their work, income and ability to complete planned musical activities, we want to enable creativity and to help grantees to be in a good position to fulfil creative and career potential, breaking down the huge barriers presented by the Covid-19 pandemic.
We see this new Fund as sitting between the immediate hardship funding available from our friends and partners, and our other open and accessible programmes.
The Sustaining Creativity Fund will has deadlines 1 and 2 tool place in April and May and we have already supported 147 outstanding music creators.
Our third deadline is targeted to support Black music creators affected by COVID-19. Applicants can apply for support from 16 July - 10 August and all monies raised from July onwards will enable more Black artists, songwriters and composers to develop.