Thanks to the Spotify COVID-19 Music Relief Fund and generous donations from members of the public, PRS Foundation is able to support artists, songwriters and composers to create and develop when they need it most.
With their support we have 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.
Although our decision-making and payment process will be fast to respond to needs as best as we can, this is not an emergency hardship fund designed to immediately meet pressing and dire financial needs. Songwriters and composer members of PRS for Music requiring emergency hardship funding should consider the PRS Emergency Relief Fund and all UK-based music creators are eligible for the Help Musicians UK Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund.
Our friends and industry partners have created this central source of support and advice for musicians during the Covid-19 pandemic which includes links to other Hardship Funds and relief opportunities announced by UK Arts Councils: http://www.coronamusicians.info