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Funding news - 11/05/2017

Launch of the Writer Producer Fund - First 2017 Round

The Writer Producer Fund has been established to enable songwriters and writer-producers working in popular music genres to progress their careers and writing/production credits.

Applicants can apply a grant of up to £10,000. In addition to the funding, successful applicants will receive in-kind support from the PRS for Music Foundation. The funding is intended to support a number of different creative and professional development activities.

The applicant should outline areas of spend which will have an impact on their career. Activity supported is likely to include:

  • Recording costs (eg daily studio hire, tracking, production and mixing fees)
  • Costs relating to songwriter camps, co-writes, collaboration, etc
  • Musician fees
  • Creative / professional development (including training courses if applicable)
  • Training / skills courses at places such as Point Blank / SSE
  • Marketing and promotional costs related to songs / tracks reaching an audience
  • International activity that could build a profile and benefit a creative development
  • Project-related maternity or child care costs

The Fund is open to UK-based ‘behind the scenes’ songwriters and writer-producers that have had at least three commercially exploited works. The Fund is expected to support up to 12 songwriters / writer-producers in 2017 – the Fund’s pilot year.

Vanessa Reed, chief executive at PRS Foundation, said:

"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.”

Carla Marie Williams, who has co-written for artists including Beyoncé, Craig David and Kylie Minogue, 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."

The first deadline for receipt of applications is 6pm on 19 June 2017.

See the programme website for more details.

Source: prsformusicfoundation.com, 11/05/2017

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