Music creators have until 23:59 tonight to apply for The Performance Fund.
Created in association with Wigwam Acoustics and Musicians’ Union, the fund offers four emerging UK artists and bands access to bespoke monitoring packages (such as in-ear monitoring, microphones, control systems) worth up to £10k to ensure consistently great sound across live dates, plus advice and training on touring, promotional support and an additional £375 for touring costs.
Confetti cannons (pictured) not included.
This edition of Flash Funding recognises that the costs of touring for emerging musicians are not always being met by live income streams. In offering financial tour support, The Performance Fund will fast-track careers at a crucial early stage – ensuring tours are as effective as possible. Additional mentoring and training ensures selected artists make the most of opportunities to build links with fans, promoters and venues across the UK.
On top of financial support, this fund ensures consistently great sound across live dates.
Artists wanting to apply should head to http://www.prsformusicfoundation.com/flashfunding where they will need to submit two musical examples and a three minute video answering basic questions about their live dates. Further details and information on eligibility are also available.
Once the deadline has closed, an expert industry panel will pick the four artists from a shortlist of the applicants and the successful grantees will be publicly announced on Monday 18 April 2016.
“Following the huge demand for our first Flash Fund, we’re pleased to announce this new opportunity for artists and bands that helps to ensure exceptional live sound while offering financial support and crucial advice. We’re excited to partner with Wigwam Acoustic and The MU and look forward to receiving many great video applications before the weekend,” says Joseph Frankland, senior grants and programmes manager, PRS for Music Foundation.
Joel Perry, Wigwam Acoustics’ concert touring manager adds: “As has been proven time and again for Wigwam Acoustics and across the whole of the touring fraternity, hands-on development from the outset remains key to both our success and the continued success of our touring clients. The Performance Flash Fund, coupled with the vast experience of the three organisations, will provide artists with a bespoke, professional touring audio system application, employed by today’s top performers.”