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.

The Foundation’s current funding priorities are:

  • To support the creation, performance and promotion of outstanding new music in any genre, with particular interest in the quality of music.
  • To enable the UK’s most talented music creators to realise their potential, with interest in how the project will develop the songwriters and composers involved.
  • To inspire audiences UK-wide. This includes audiences at a local, regional, national or international level.

Projects must have a clearly defined start/end date and take place within one year of receiving the grant.

The funding can support a range of activities including touring, recording, commission of new music, exciting community projects involving high-quality music creators, and music creator residencies.

Applications are accepted from any not-for-profit organisations based in the UK with an eligible project.

The Open Fund for Organisations has changed from a two-stage application process to a one-stage application process. From January 2020, applicants will be asked to provide details about the project, how it will benefit the creators involved, the activity timeline and balanced budget in one application form.

The 2020 deadlines for applications are 12 February, 8 June and 5 October.


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