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Business can also search for funding relevant to their size and sector. To use the portal, you will first need to register with Open4Business.




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October Deadline for PRS Foundation's Open Fund for Music Organisations

20 September 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Funding is available for not-for-profit organisations based in the UK to support new music projects led by promoters, large performance groups, talent development organisations, venues, festivals and curators.

The PRS Foundation is the UK's leading independent funder of new music and talent development across all genres. It provides the Open Fund for Organisations with the aim of helping to support, sustain and promote the growth of the new music infrastructure in the UK.

Eligible projects must involve the creation, performance and promotion of new music and enable songwriters, composers, artists, bands and performers of all backgrounds to develop creatively and professionally.

Priority will be given to projects that fit with all three of the Foundation's funding priorities:

  • To support the creation and performance of outstanding new music in any genre.
  • To enable the UK's most talented music creators to realise their potential.
  • To inspire audiences at a local, regional, national and international level.

Grants of up to £10,000 are available. Projects should have a clearly defined start and end date.

How To Apply

The deadline for applications is 18 October 2021.

There are three deadlines per calendar year. At the end of each deadline, PRS Foundation closes the online application form for up to 10 weeks while funding decisions are made.

The Open Fund for Organisations has a one-stage application process. Applicants must provide details about the project, how it will benefit the creators involved, the activity timeline and balanced budget in one application form.

Applications must be made via the online application form on the Foundation's website.

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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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