First major UK fund for songwriters and writer-producers
PRS Foundation and BASCA Trust join forces to offer grants of up to £10,000 to support creative and professional development
Investor in new music and talent development, PRS Foundation, has launched The Writer Producer Fund in association with the BASCA Trust – a charity dedicated to music education and supporting songwriters and composers. The fund is a new opportunity for songwriters and writer-producers working in popular music genres to further develop their careers and writing/production credits with grants of up to £10,000.
PRS Foundation and the BASCA Trust have initiated this fund in response to the fact that songwriters and writer-producers have not benefited from dedicated grants or major funding programmes of this kind in spite of their role at the centre of the music industry creating the content which drives its success. This new fund recognises the importance of songwriters and writer-producers and aims to support the most talented songwriters and writer-producers to realise their potential.
PRS Foundation’s Writer Producer fund is open to UK based ‘behind the scenes’ songwriters and writer-producers that have had at least three commercially exploited works, whether performed live, received media coverage or radio play, or released via commercial channels. Applicants can apply for support for: costs relating to songwriter camps, co-writes and collaboration; recording costs; musician fees; creative/professional development; rental of UK studio space rent; training/skills courses; marketing and promotional costs related to songs reaching an audience; international activity that could build profile and benefit creative development; project-related maternity or child care costs.
Songwriter Carla Marie Williams, who has co-written for artists including Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Craig David, Girls Aloud and Kylie Minogue says: “I’m so delighted the Writer Producer Fund has been created. 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.”
Applicants will need to submit at least five of their works as examples. The first deadline for submission is 19 June 2017 at 6pm and applications can be made through the PRS Foundation website: prsformusicfoundation.com/funding/writer-producer-fund/