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Northern Irish organisations sign up to support PRS Foundation programmes

By | Published on Friday 23 November 2018

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The PRS Foundation has announced a new partnership with the Arts Council Of Northern Ireland and Invest NI, both of which will support the music funding organisation’s Momentum Music Fund and International Showcase Fund. It means that artists based in Northern Ireland will be eligible to apply to both these initiatives for funding.

The Momentum fund was originally initiated by Arts Council England and run by the PRS Foundation to support development projects for artists who were looking to take their career to the next level. This meant the fund was focused on artists based in England.

Subsequent support from the arts councils in Wales, Scotland and now Northern Ireland have expanded the scheme’s reach. ACE is actually no longer involved, though artists across the UK are still eligible thanks to music industry support from PRS, PPL and Spotify.

The International Showcase Fund offers grants of up to £5000 for artists looking to expand globally via international showcase festivals like SXSW, WOMEX, Folk Alliance, Classical:NEXT, Eurosonic, Reeperbahn, JazzAhead and Canadian Music Week.

Confirming its support for the PRS Foundation initiatives, Ciaran Scullion – Head Of Music at Arts Council Of Northern Ireland – said: “The Arts Council Of Northern Ireland is proud to partner with PRS Foundation and Invest NI in these important initiatives which enable our artists to take that all important next step in the development of their professional musical careers”.

He went on: “The Arts Council is committed to providing valuable, meaningful opportunities for our artists to develop and these funding programmes offer artists not only the opportunity to connect with the UK-wide industry, but also to showcase the tremendous talent that is inherent to Northern Ireland on an international stage. Both funding programmes have seen huge success in other parts of the UK and we are THRILLED to be able to offer these exciting opportunities now to artists here”.

PRS Foundation boss Vanessa Reed added: “We’re delighted to announce this new partnership with Arts Council Of Northern Ireland which will extend our vital career development and international showcasing opportunities to the talented music creators in Northern Ireland”.