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Nubya Garcia, Casey and Dan Bettridge receive support from PRS Foundation’s Momentum Music Fund

Next deadline for applications 5th November 2018 25 Oct 2018

Nubya Garcia, Casey and Dan Bettridge  receive support from PRS Foundation’s Momentum Music Fund

PRS Foundation, the UK’s leading charitable funder of new music and talent development, together with PPL, Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Wales, Welsh Government and Spotify reveal the next 16 artists who will receive support from the Momentum Music Fund. The artists, who have been selected by a network of industry experts, are:

Blue Lab Beats – Recording and production of debut album

Catching Flies – Album marketing and promotion

Etta Bond – Marketing and promotion

Flava D – Album recording and marketing

Hardy Gabriel-Gambimi – Promotion for single releases

Nubya Garcia – Writing, recording and production

Oscar Jarome – Album recording and promotion

Casey – Touring, marketing and promotion

Catholic Action – Recording, mixing and touring new album

Crows – Creative development, marketing and touring

Dan Bettridge – Recording and marketing singles

False Advertising – Album promotion

Maeve – Recording, marketing and touring

Queen Zee – Recording, marketing and touring of debut album

She Makes War – Touring and regional promotion

Stillhound – Promotion, marketing and touring

Casey, a post-hardcore band from Newport, and Dan Bettridge, a singer-songwriter from Bridgend, are among those selected.

Lisa Matthews-Jones, Portfolio Manager at the Arts Council of Wales, said, "Casey and Dan Bettridge are the perfect examples of the level of artist and activity we want to enable through Momentum. It was a difficult decision to make given the range and quality of those applying. We really hope to see even more from Wales come forward to take this opportunity before the next deadline and make it even more difficult next time!"

Vanessa Reed, CEO at PRS Foundation said, "Congratulations to the 16 talented artists in this latest round of our much needed and ground-breaking Momentum Music Fund. I’m delighted that we’re able to support so many distinctive artists at vital tipping points in their careers from so many different UK regions. I look forward to seeing the impact of the fund’s growing remit in the coming months and years."

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 and Welsh Government. 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 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 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: http://prsfoundation.com/funding/momentum-music-fund/momentum-artists. The next deadline for applications to the Momentum Music Fund is 5th November via the PRS Foundation website. We are particularly interested in receiving more applications from outside of London: http://prsfoundation.com/funding/momentum-music-fund.

Listen to the latest Momentum supported artists on the Spotify Momentum playlist here.

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