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Open 4 Business Portal

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To support our businesses during the current COVID-19 crisis, and into the recovery phase, Carlisle City Council is providing free access to Open 4 Business. Open4Business is designed to support businesses locate relevant up to date funding opportunities.

The portal is updated regularly with new local, regional and national funding announcements and can be easily searched by businesses on the basis of their industry, region and business size. The portal then provides information on how to apply for funding and contact funders directly. To search for grants for your business you will first need to register on the Open4Business website


Grants and Funding News

Momentum Music Fund - New Round Open

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The Momentum Music Fund is a financial resource for talented artists and bands to help further their careers. The Fund covers a broad range of contemporary popular genres, including innovative and emerging genres.

The programme has an overall budget of £500,000. Individual grants of between £5,000 and £15,000 will be awarded.

Grants can be used to assist with any activity that significantly contributes to the development of an artist or band. This may include, but is not limited to, any of the following activities:

  • Development of new material, eg collaboration costs if working with other artists/producers/songwriters; rehearsal time, equipment hire and artist/band writing fees.

  • Touring/Key live dates (UK only), eg paying for travel and accommodation, session musicians, set/production design, sound engineers, tour management, instrument/equipment hire etc.

  • Recording, eg hiring and working with a producer, physical reproduction, studio hire, session musician fees, artist/band writing fees etc.

  • Marketing, eg PR costs, website development, social media, online PR, digital strategist, merchandise, radio plugging, music video production etc.

  • Anything else that will help the applicant to develop professionally and creatively.

The Fund is open to applications from artists and bands in England that are at a crucial point in their development, with the potential to significantly further their career within the next two years.

Applications can be submitted by the artists themselves or those who are working on their behalf, eg a manager, an independent label or publisher.

The next deadline for applications to be received is 28 August 2019..

Further applications will be invited later in the year, with a deadline set for October 2019.

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Applications Manager
    PRS Foundation
    29-33 Berners Street
    W1T 3AB
    Tel: 020 7306 4044
    Fax: 020 7306 4814
    Email: [email protected]

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