PRS Foundation’s ‘Women Make Music’ is back for a 3rd edition

Posted on April 16th, by Rebeka in Funding. No Comments

PRS for Music Foundation, the leading funder of new music across all genres, announces another year of support for women music creators through a special fund that supports and celebrates women who are making outstanding music in the UK.

Women Make Music is an open call for proposals from female creators who write and perform their own music or from music organisations, festivals, ensembles, promoters and venues who want to commission new music by a woman creator with whom they have not worked before.

The application is a 2 stage process. 2013 application deadlines are:

  • 6pm, Monday 29th April. Decision date 19th July
  • 6pm, Monday 23rd September. Decision date 4th December

Financial support of up to £5000 is available, and new music in any genre is welcome, from classical, jazz and experimental, to urban, electronica and pop.

The aims of Women Make Music are:

  • Break down stereotypes within the music industry by encouraging role models for future generations
  • Raise awareness of the gender gap and ensure that women are aware that support for new music is available
  • Increase the profile of women who are creating new music in the UK
  • Stimulate new collaborations between organisations and female music creators.

Women Make Music was created in response to the fact that women make up only 14% of the writer membership of PRS for Music (the Performing Rights Society of composers, songwriters and music publishers). Since its launch Women Make Music has seen over 300 women music creators apply for funding, with 28 outstanding projects being selected for support. New pieces of music funded by the PRS for Music Foundation’s call have premiered across the UK in Glasgow, Jersey, London, Newcastle and Sheffield, and some will tour the USA, Middle East and Europe. Highlights to date include new music by Ayanna (who has already been one of YYM’s Listen of the Month features), Ana Silvera (who performed with the Estonian Girls Television Choir at Roundhouse’s Reverb festival), and Serafina Steer (who wrote new music to an animation film featured in the Branchage Film Festival).

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