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PRS Sustaining Creativity Fund

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Funding is being offered to help the UK’s emerging music makers adapt and sustain their creative work during the disruptive and evolving conditions brought about by the coronavirus outbreak.

Fund Information

Funding body:

PRS Foundation

Maximum value:

£ 750

Application deadline:



This programme is provided by the PRS Foundation, with funding derived from the Spotify COVID-19 Music Relief Initiative and donations from members of the public.

Objectives of Fund

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) pandemic.

The fund will help UK music creators from any genre to continue their work using a new model to support music making. This includes using support to adapt and sustain careers by covering lost income, supporting costs or cash flow.

The aim is to allow creators to spend time writing, recording, collaborating, innovating and making creative plans.

Value Notes

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

Who Can Apply

Self-employed, freelance or unemployed UK-based music creators experiencing a significant impact on their work, income and ability to complete planned musical activities due to the coronavirus may apply.

PRS will prioritise emerging music creators experiencing professional hardship who will struggle to sustain creativity and may not progress from early career stages without this support.




The following are not eligible:

  • Musicians, Performers or Producers who do not make an active contribution to song writing or composition.

  • Students in Further or Higher Education.

  • Music creators signed to major labels or major music publishers.

  • Those who have not been creating music for at least 18 months.

  • Those not in need of financial relief, including those with significant savings (over £5,000), expected payments or other funds they can rely on to get by.

This Fund prioritises emerging creators because they will most benefit from this level of grant support to sustain creativity. More established creators are less likely to fall back to square one and more likely to benefit from larger grants and other types of support.

Eligible Expenditure

Eligible expenditure includes:

  • Covering loss of work and music-related income due to the COVID-19 pandemic (eg lost income from cancelled activities).

  • Music Creator fee (ie a fee to cover creation time, or a fee which helps to contribute to living costs while creating and getting back on track).

  • Other costs relating to creative activity (eg recording costs, contributions to creative collaborators, training, costs relating to digital sharing, costs of keeping creator-run studios going).

  • Equipment costs.

  • Marketing/PR costs.

How To Apply

Next deadline: (applications invited from 21 April): 11 May 2020 (18:00 BST).

More details about the application process can be accessed at the programme website.

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Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Enquiries
    PRS Foundation
    2 Pancras Square
    N1C 4AG
    Email: [email protected]

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