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Steve Reid InNOVAtion Award


An innovative creative development project, supporting outstanding emerging artists through expert mentorship and vital bursaries.

This opportunity is now closed.

What this scheme is about:
This partnership between the Steve Reid Foundation, PRS for Music Foundation and MODO provides an opportunity for emerging artists that make outstanding music to receive support in the form of:

* grantees will be given a set menu of vinyl packaging options, with creative manufacturing and release support for up to 500 12” vinyl. It is expected that resulting vinyl will be sold and vinyl will be manufactured towards the end of the mentoring scheme.

It is open to anyone that is writing and performing their own music and is currently unsigned and unmanaged.

Steve Reid Foundation founder, Gilles Peterson says, “It is so exciting to be involved in a project that encourages and develops new talent and gives opportunities to artists who might otherwise never get a break. Steve Reid would be smiling!”

2016’s opportunity follows a hugely successful pilot year of mentoring and support which featured artists including Lady Vendredi, recent MOBO Award winning Moses Boyd, Hector Plimmer, Wu-Lu, and recent Ninja Tune signee Sarathy Korwar.  Click here for more info on previous grantees.


Please note the maximum artists can apply for is £1,500. Please only apply for what you need.

We are looking for music that pushes the boundaries, not limited to a specific genre, but that embraces sounds and rhythms from all worlds. Our trustees’ vast expertise is spread across genres so feel free to explore the musical landscape.


4 emerging artists will be funded per round.

How to apply:

Applicants must record a three minute video that responds to the following questions:

Please set YouTube or Vimeo links to private and share at application stage. Applicants will also submit relevant music and web links.

How your application will be assessed:
Your application will be assessed based on the quality of your music submission and how well you provide clear evidence on how both the grant and mentoring will contribute towards your creative development and towards the end product mentioned.  Successful artists will be notified in mid-December.

About Steve Reid Foundation:

 “I started the Steve Reid Foundation as a tribute to a legendary musician, an inspiring human being and a good friend. Steve Reid was a phenomenal jazz drummer from New York, who worked with many of the music greats like Miles Davis, Fela Kuti, James Brown, Jimi Hendrix and Sun Ra. His illustrious career was also marked by innovation, experimentation and breaking frontiers, especially through his collaborations with Keiran Hebden (Four Tet).

In 2009, Steve was diagnosed with throat cancer, and it was during one of my visits to New York that I became aware of the extent of his suffering. I was horrified by the conditions he was living in during his last days. He was practically living in near poverty, and he couldn’t afford the medical treatment he needed that might have saved his life. Steve died on 13 April 2010.

Steve is one of the most remarkable people I have ever met. Aside from having enormous talent, the most incredible stories and a zest for life, he had a big heart and a generous spirit, and to this day I feel humbled when I remember how modest he was. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Steve Reid’s life than to start a charity to help other musicians in his name. If you love music like I do, please support the people making it.”

– Gilles Peterson 

About MODO:

Modo began in 1998 in response to the need for a specialist and creative packaging company to service the entertainment business. Modo has in-house design and access to a pool of creative talent that enables it to offer creative solutions to any company from EMI to Evian.