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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, festivals, 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
• Venues
• Orchestras and large ensembles*
• Talent development organisations
• 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 prioritise not-for-profit organisations and tend not to support organisations limited by shares. If you are an organisation limited by shares but there’s a clear funding need for a project that is not profitable, you may be able to apply and should speak with our Grants Team ahead of an application. Click here to email the Grants Team.

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

*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 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.

Will track record be considered?

PRS Foundation and independent advisors assess applications based on the 3 above Funding Priorities.

An organisation’s track record for music creator development will also be considered. As of August 2017, organisations will be given extra questions in order to demonstrate their track record for creator development and the creation and performance of outstanding music.

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 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 May 3rd
Deadline 2 May 8th June 12th July 14th
Deadline 3 October 2nd November 7th December 15th

Please note, Stage 1 application forms re-open on August 3rd for our October 2nd deadline

At the end of each deadline, PRS 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.

The timing of activity

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.
The application form asks you to outline up to 6 key project activities. Assessors prioritise activity which is either confirmed or provisional. However, for certain genres or sectors, we understand that confirmation of venues, performers and other elements may depend on funding or external factors. Our advisors will be asked to consider the context of your project to ensure that you are not marked unfairly based on confirmation of activity.

This is particularly relevant to independent music venues and promoters who are unlikely to confirm 4-12 months in advance.
This benefit of the doubt is less likely to be applied at Stage 2.

How do we apply?

Before applying, you must read our Application Stages and Deadlines page, plus PRS 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.