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Scottish musicians receive support from pioneering Momentum Music Fund

Published: 18 Apr 2019

Man of Moon

C Duncan, Kobi Onyame, Man of Moon, Martha Ffion and Siobhan Wilson are amongst the latest round of artists to receive support from the pioneering Momentum Music Fund.

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.

The range of musicians being supported in this round demonstrates the strength and diversity of talent within Scotland.- Jamie Houston, Music Officer

Jamie Houston, Music Officer at Creative Scotland commented, “The range of musicians being supported in this round demonstrates the strength and diversity of talent within Scotland. Through benefitting from expert advice and recording and marketing new material, these career-boosting grants will help C Duncan, Kobi Onyame, Man of Moon, Martha Ffion and Siobhan Wilson at a crucial point in their careers.

Siobhan Wilson - image by Chris Scott

"They join an esteemed list of artists from across the UK including Public Service Broadcasting, Dream Wife and Kate Tempest, amongst many others who have gone on to establish successful careers thanks to the support of the Momentum programme. We’re delighted to partner with the PRS Foundation to ensure Scotland’s musicians can benefit from this innovate programme and share their music with the world.”

C Duncan

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

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.”

Sarah Mitchell, Director of Member Services at PPL commented: “The Momentum Music Fund is a force for good in the music industry, helping emerging and established artists to tour, record and promote their work at crucial points in their career. By nurturing UK talent the Momentum Music Fund plays an important role in supporting the future of our music industry.  PPL is proud to play such an important part in this and we congratulate every artist on their success in receiving funding.”

Bryan Johnson, Lead, Artist & Industry Partnerships at Spotify said “This latest round of Momentum funding features twenty one incredibly talented artists who will benefit from financial support, enabling them to take the vital next steps in their careers. We look forward to working with all artists and their teams, and providing them with the tools and opportunities to expand their audience and showcase their music to our global user base. Congrats to all!.”

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 (PDF) 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 PRS Foundation website. The next deadline for applications to the Momentum Music Fund is 28 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.

For further information please contact: Liam McMahon, Communications Manager, PRS Foundation, +44 (0) 7834 625 985 | liam@prsfoundation.com

For further information about the Momentum Music Fund please contact: Winnie Sandy, Grants Coordinator, PRS Foundation, 0203 741 4044 | winifred@prsfoundation.com

Notes to Editors

About PRS Foundation

PRS Foundation is the UK's leading charitable funder of new music and talent development. Since 2000 PRS Foundation has given more than £32 million to over 6,800 new music initiatives by awarding grants and leading partnership programmes that support music sector development. Widely respected as an adventurous and proactive funding body, PRS Foundation supports an exceptional range of new music activity – from composer residencies and commissions to a network of talent development partners and showcases in the UK and overseas.www.prsfoundation.com |@PRSFoundation

About PPL

Founded in 1934, PPL is the UK music industry’s collective management organisation (CMO) for tens of thousands of performers and record companies. We license recorded music in the UK when it is played in public (shops, bars, nightclubs, offices etc.) or broadcast (BBC, commercial radio, commercial TV etc.) and ensure that revenue flows back to our members. These include both independent and major record companies, together with performers ranging from emerging grassroots artists through to established session musicians and influential festival headliners.

PPL has a market-leading international collections business, with 87 agreements in place around the world, helping members to maximise their revenue when their repertoire is played overseas. We collected £218.8 million in the UK and internationally in 2017 and paid over 98,000 performers and record companies.

About Creative Scotland

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery.

For further information about Creative Scotland please visit www.creativescotland.com. Follow us on Twitter @creativescots, Facebook www.facebook.com/CreativeScotland and Instagram www.instagram.com/creativescots.

About Spotify

Spotify transformed music listening forever when it launched in Sweden in 2008. Discover, manage and share over 40m songs for free, or upgrade to Spotify Premium to access exclusive features including offline mode, improved sound quality, Spotify Connect and ad-free listening.

Today, Spotify is the world’s most popular music streaming subscription service with a community of 207m users, including 96m subscribers, across 79 markets. We are the largest driver of revenue to the music business today.