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THE OPEN FUND FOR ORGANISATIONS

The Open Fund for Organisations supports new music projects led by promoters, talent development organisations, venues, curators and large performance groups*.

Projects must involve the creation, performance and promotion of new music and enable songwriters, composers, or solo artists, bands, producers and performers of all backgrounds to develop creatively and professionally

Support is available to any organisation whose project fits with all three funding priorities:

  1. To support the creation, performance and promotion of outstanding new music in any genre
    We are particularly interested in the quality of the music
  2. To enable the UK’s most talented music creators to realise their potential
    We are interested in how your project will develop the songwriters and composers involved. We are committed to supporting UK based songwriters and composers of all backgrounds
  3. To inspire audiences
    You will be asked to outline who you are reaching and how. This includes audiences at a local, regional, national or international level

Through The Open Fund, we support high quality new music projects which have tangible musical outcomes and a clearly defined start and end date.

What counts as an Organisation?

The Open Fund is available to any not-for-profit organisation based in the UK with an eligible project.

This includes:

• Promoters
• Festivals
• Orchestras and large ensembles*
• Talent development or composer development organisations
• Venues
• Curators

Please note: bands and small musical groups are no longer considered by The Open Fund as Organisations and should now apply as Music Creators

* Large performance groups would include orchestras, choirs, jazz bands or folk groups with 12 or more performers

We cannot support organisations limited by shares. Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page for information on Organisations we consider eligible and ineligible, including advice on restrictions around financial set-up.

In our role as a specialist new music funder, our priority is to support an exciting range of projects which have clear musical outcomes and tangible benefits for music creators of all genres and backgrounds and at different stages of their career.

Your work with songwriters and composers is particularly important to us so we will be asking you to tell us about the number of individual music creators you are working with and how your project will boost their creative and professional development, both short-term and long-term. If you are successful with your application, we will also be asking you, when your project is complete, to tell us about the composers and songwriters you are reaching and what they have been able to achieve thanks to your project.

Click here to see the full list of other PRS for Music Foundation opportunities for organisations and music creators.

How much can Organisations apply for?

The Open Fund for Organisations offers grants of up to £10,000.

Our funding includes support of:

• touring
• recording
• promotion and marketing
• commissions of new music by UK-based creators*
• exciting community projects involving high-quality music creators
• music creator residencies
• live programmes featuring new UK music

*We define ‘commission’ as a music creator or group engaged by a third party to create a new piece of music.

What is a music creator?

The following are considered by PRS for Music Foundation to be Music Creators:

How many music creators do we need to support?

Eligible organisations can support one or more music creator(s). We are interested in the ways in which projects benefit and develop the music creator so the number of music creators will depend on various factors.

For example, you may wish to commission one music creator to create new work and would therefore put them forward in your application form as the main music creator.

Others may wish to work with a small number of music creators and will be encouraged to submit a short list of music creators, with questions relating to an example or examples of music creator(s) involved in your project.

Festivals or organisations submitting a project-based events programme will therefore be asked to submit a list of up to 6 music creators involved.

This is designed to allow organisations to outline a representative spread of the types of music creators supported in your project.

What can’t be covered by an Open Fund grant for Organisations?

Through The Open Fund, we support high quality new music projects which have tangible musical outcomes and a clearly defined start and end date.

We cannot support core organisational costs, salary costs or living costs. We can fund administration costs relating to the project at a maximum of 10% of total budget.

See PRS for Music Foundation’s Open Fund Criteria for full details.

When are The Open Fund deadlines?

Deadlines occur three times per calendar year. The 2017 deadlines are: 

Round/Deadline Stage 1 Deadline Stage 2 Deadline Decisions Sent (Activity Must Take Place After This Date)
Deadline 1 February 6th March 13th April 28th
Deadline 2 May 8th June 12th July 14th
Deadline 3 October 2nd November 7th December 15th

When applying, keep in mind that we can only support activity which begins after the decision date for your deadline – this means your activity must begin at least 12 weeks after the deadline.

We expect your project to take place within 1 year of receiving our grant.

At the end of each deadline, PRS for Music Foundation will close the online application forms for up to 12 weeks while funding decisions are made and any necessary changes are made to the forms. Applicants will be given sufficient time ahead of deadlines to complete forms.

How do we apply?

Before applying, you must read our Application Stages and Deadlines page, plus PRS for Music Foundation’s Open Fund Criteria. You should also read our FAQ & Tips Section.

The application is a 2 stage process. Only those with successful 1st stage applications will be asked to continue on to the 2nd stage where there will be an opportunity to add new and updated information.

We strongly recommend that you read this short document before beginning an application.

To begin or continue an application click here.