Two BIMM acts have been confirmed as the latest recipients of the ‘Emerging Artists Fund’ from music charities the PRS Foundation and PledgeMusic. The partnership is the UK’s leading charitable funder for new music, and offers cash prizes to a limited number of promising new acts each year.
The Emerging Artists Fund offers artists and bands an innovative financing model through hands-on support from PledgeMusic to set up a direct-to-fan campaign, as well as extra grant support of up to £2500 from the PRS Foundation to supplement the funds raised from their own pledge campaign.
The latest winners, who were chosen from over 100 submissions by a panel of industry executives and experts, include BIMM Manchester graduate ‘IORA‘ and current BIMM Brighton students ‘The Tin Pigeons‘. The funding, which is an invaluable resource for new artists, will assist them in their development by allowing investment in new performance and recording equipment, PR campaigns, promotional materials, merchandise, radio plugging, tour support, and all manner of tools to help take their young careers to the next level.
The previous round of winners included Brighton trio ‘Lazy Bones‘, featuring BIMM graduate Joe Tighe.
“Being awarded the Emerging Artist Fund has been a fantastic experience.” said the band.
“It’s not only helped us reach new fans worldwide but allowed us to grow more significantly in a short period of time: we’ve sold out shows, got back into the studio and we’ve connected with both industry and fans on a new level. We also reached our PledgeMusic target in just over a week, which was incredible – we can’t wait to see what comes next!”
Included on the judges’ panel in this round was Sandy Trappitt, Head of Partnerships at leading music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins who said; “It was great to play a part in the development of emerging artists and to help them on their way. It’s such a crowded space now for artists and to get the opportunity to see the quality of new music was brilliant. I think that the project is amazing and support the work of PledgeMusic and PRS Foundation.”
The third round of the PledgeMusic and PRS Foundation Emerging Artists Fund will take place in early 2019, with dates and deadlines to be announced soon.