Funding Opportunities

Grants to Help UK Black Music Creators through COVID-19 Difficulties

The PRS Foundation is supporting artists, songwriters and composers to create and develop when they need it most. The Sustaining Creativity Fund is designed for music creators experiencing hardship from loss of work due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The funder has adapted the current round (round 3) to provide targeted support for Black music creators who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This is one immediate step in a commitment by the funder to making meaningful changes to PRS Foundation programmes. The funder encourages applications from Black music creators, working in any genre and at any career level, who have been experiencing hardship from a loss of work due to COVID-19.

The fund will help those from any genre to continue their work using a new model to support music making. The aim is to allow creators to spend time writing, recording, collaborating, innovating and making creative plans.

Grants of £750 will be available, to be spent on anything that enables music creators to continue to create exceptional new music.

UK-based Black music creators who have already started their careers and are now experiencing a significant impact on their income may apply. Where a band is formed of Black and non-Black members, the funder will only accept applications from Black band members.

The deadline for applications is 10 August 2020.

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Arts Council England Launches £2.25m Emergency Grassroots Music Venues Fund

The Emergency Grassroots Music Venues Fund is intended to help England’s live music venues that are at imminent risk of insolvency because of trading restrictions caused by coronavirus (COVID-19). This initiative forms part of a £1.57 billion government funding package to protect the UK’s culture and heritage sector during the pandemic.

The scheme is targeting venues that were financially sustainable before the pandemic, offering grants to ensure they remain solvent until 30 September 2020. It will support venues hosting music genres including rap, R&B , hip hop, rock, blues, indie, metal, soul, popular music and many others.

There is a total budget of £2.25 million available. Applicants can apply for grants ranging from £1,000 to £80,000, to cover operational costs incurred between 4 August and 30 September 2020. Arts Council England anticipates the majority of awards will be around £15,000.

Ongoing costs that cannot be covered because of reduced income levels can be funded. This includes general running costs and overheads, such as rates and utilities, personnel and staffing costs and mitigating losses.

All live music venues in England, whose main function is to present live music events for a public audience in the grassroots, are eligible to apply. Venues can include pubs, clubs, cafes or bars, combined arts venues, community venues or village halls that host live music.

There will only be one funding round and the deadline for applications to be submitted is 3 August 2020 (12:00 BST).

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden says the Government is working to deliver the rest of the £1.57 billion emergency package as quickly as possible.

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