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Joshua Burnside and Ryan McMullan among the latest 21 artists to receive support from PRS Foundation

Thursday 18th April 2019 at 1pm 0 Comments Northern Ireland Music

Joshua Burnside, And So I Watch You From Afar and Ryan McMullan Image: Joshua Burnside, And So I Watch You From Afar and Ryan McMullan

PRS Foundation, the UK’s leading charitable funder of new music and talent development, together with PPL, Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Wales, Welsh Government, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Invest NI and Spotify reveal the next 12 artists who will receive support from the pioneering Momentum Music Fund.  

The artists, who have been selected by a network of industry experts, are:

And So I Watch You From Afar – Audio visual and live show development
C Duncan – Touring
Eyesore & The Jinx – Touring
FUR – Touring
Grace Savage – Marketing and promotion
Holding Absence – Recording
Joshua Burnside – Touring
Kid Kapichi – Marketing
Kidsmoke – Recording and marketing
Kobi Onyame – Recording
Man of Moon – Recording
Martha Ffion – Recording
Miink – Recording
NOVA TWINS – Marketing and promotion for singles and touring
Oscar #Worldpeace – Marketing
Petrol Girls – Marketing
RED RUM CLUB – Touring
Ryan McMullan – Recording, mixing and mastering
Siobhan Wilson – Marketing
Sub Blue – Recording and releasing
Zilo – Recording and marketing

Momentum supported Nova Twins said, “Without this grant we wouldn’t be able to give our music the proper release support that it deserves”

This latest round includes the first artists to be supported through the new Momentum Accelerator initiative. Grants of up to £5,000, plus advice and support are available for talented Liverpool based artists and their growing teams to help them reach a crucial tipping point and become more investment-ready in the future.  The first two Liverpool based artists to benefit from this first round of Momentum Accelerator are, Eyesore & The Jinx and Sub Blue.

Vanessa Reed, CEO at PRS Foundation said,

“Huge congratulations to the talented artists that have been supported in this latest round of our pioneering Momentum Music Fund which includes the results of a new partnership with Liverpool City Council. By supporting our first two Momentum Accelerator artists, we’re extending our Momentum support to more emerging artists outside of London where we’ll be investing in local infrastructure and earlier stage talent. I’m looking forward to extending this Momentum support to other UK cities and following the next steps of all artists selected in this latest round.”

Ciaran Scullion, Head of Music at Arts Council of Northern Ireland said,

“The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is committed to providing valuable, meaningful opportunities for our artists and the Momentum Music Fund does that by enabling artists to take that vital next step in the development of their professional musical careers.  We are proud to partner with PRS Foundation and Invest NI in this important initiative and congratulate And So I Watch You From Afar, Joshua Burnside, Ryan McMullan and all the artists taking part in this exciting opportunity.”

Managed by PRS Foundation, the Momentum Music fund awards grants of £5,000-£15,000 using funds from PRS Foundation, PPL, Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Wales, Welsh Government, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Invest NI. Spotify, the official digital partner on the fund, contributes additional funding and a reward package containing exciting promotional opportunities and a close working relationship between Momentum artists and the Spotify team. Liverpool City Council’s partnership for the Momentum Music Fund, called Momentum Accelerator, ensures that at least £20,000 of grant support will be offered to talented Liverpool based artists.

The Momentum Music 5 year impact report, which was launched at the Great Escape in May this year, showed that since 2013 the fund has supported over 200 artists, over 90 new albums and more than 100 UK tours totaling over 650 UK live dates. The 2016 impact report analysing the first three years of the fund revealed that Momentum has generated £13million for the UK music industry.  PRS Foundation and Arts Council England initiated The Momentum Music Fund in 2013.   Arts Council England originally established the need for this specific fund and supported the programme from 2013-18.

For a full rundown of all the artists supported so far see The next deadline for applications to the Momentum Music Fund is 28th May 2019 via the PRS Foundation website. We are particularly interested in receiving more applications from outside of London

Listen to the latest Momentum supported artists on the Spotify Momentum playlist here.


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