The first songwriters and writer producers to receive support through the Writer Producer Fund announced

Luke Fitton, Shirley T and Mina among the seven songwriter/writer-producers receiving support.

PRS Foundation, the UK’s leading funder of new music and talent development, in association with the BASCA Trust, a charity dedicated to music education and supporting songwriters and composers, announce the first recipients of support through The Writer Producer Fund. The supported songwriters/writer-producers are:

  1. Mina – International Activity
  2. Reign Write – Equipment; Hardware and Software
  3. Patrick J Pearson – Creative and Professional Development
  4. Luke Fitton – Time to Create
  5. Shirley T – Time to Create
  6. Hugh Worskett – Writing Space
  7. Katya Edwards – Writer Camps, Collaboration

Luke Fitton, who is receiving support through the Writer Producer Fund said, “The Writer Producer Fund is an incredibly progressive grant that provides vital support for the people behind the music. There are so many exceptionally talented, hard-working writers and producers out there that find it extremely difficult to maximise their full potential, even after achieving some success. In an industry where writers and producers can often get overlooked this scheme is ahead of the curve in recognising that investing in them can only generate more success.”

Bhavesh Patel, Programme Manager at PRS Foundation said, “The quality of the songwriters and writer producers who applied for the inaugural round of The Writer Producer Fund has demonstrated the need for support in this sector of talented creators who often work behind closed doors. We’re anticipating big things for these grantees, who all displayed exceptional craft and ambition in their applications”

Vick Bain, CEO of BASCA and a trustee of the BASCA Trust said “This is a tremendous outcome for these music writers and a very encouraging start for the Writer Producer Fund. It’s exactly the type of project the trustees are committed to and meets very well one of the core aims of the BASCA Trust in supporting songwriters and composers who wouldn’t otherwise have the means to properly progress their careers.”

The Writer Producer Fund is a ground-breaking new opportunity for songwriters and writer-producers working in popular music genres to further develop their careers and writing/production credits with grants of up to £10,000.

PRS Foundation and the BASCA Trust have initiated this fund in response to the fact that songwriters and writer-producers have not benefited from dedicated grants or major funding programmes of this kind in spite of their role at the centre of the music industry creating the content which drives its success. This new fund recognises the importance of songwriters and writer-producers and aims to support the most talented songwriters and writer-producers to realise their potential.

The next deadline is Tuesday 12th December 2017. Applications can be made through the PRS Foundation website where applicants will need to submit at least five of their works as examples. Writer Producer Fund support can include:

  • recording costs
  • costs relating to songwriter camps/ co-writes/ collaboration
  • musician fees
  • creative / professional development
  • UK studio space rent
  • training / skills courses
  • marketing and promotional costs related to songs/tracks reaching an audience
  • international activity that could build your profile and benefit your creative development (other than international conference events which can be covered by the PRS Foundation International Showcase Fund)
  • project related maternity or child care costs.

For media enquiries please contact: Liam McMahon, Communications Manager, PRS Foundation 02037414741 / liam@prsformusicfoundation.com

For more information about the Writer/ Producer Fund please contact: Bhavesh Patel, Programme Manager, PRS Foundation 02037414044 / bhavesh@prsformusicfoundation.com

About PRS Foundation

PRS Foundation is the UK’s leading charitable funder of new music and talent development across all genres. Since 2000 PRS Foundation has given more than £26.3 million to over 5,750 new music initiatives by awarding grants and leading partnership programmes that support music sector development. Widely respected as an adventurous and proactive funding body, PRS Foundation supports an exceptional range of new music activity – from composer residencies and commissions to festivals and showcases in the UK and overseas.
www.prsformusicfoundation.com

About The BASCA Trust

The British Academy of Songwriters Composers and Authors (BASCA) Trust is an independent charity established by BASCA, the professional association for the UK’s music creators. The aim of the BASCA Trust is to educate the public in music by (i) providing educational and training services about songwriting and composing, (ii) informing the wider public on the needs and achievements of composers and songwriters and their contribution to the music industry and to society as a whole, and (iii) making available scholarships, awards or grants. www.bascatrust.org.uk

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