The aims of Women Make Music are:
Women Make Music supports the development of outstanding women songwriters and composers of all genres and backgrounds at different stages of their career. The fund can support projects by women songwriters, composers, artists, bands and performers who are writing their own music.
Please note that we no longer fund organisations through Women Make Music. If you came to this page looking for funding as an organisation to commission a woman music creator for an upcoming project, please apply to the Open Fund for Organisations, where projects involving a diverse range of music creators will be looked on favourably.
Applicants’ projects must fulfil all three of our funding priorities:
We are particularly interested in the quality and originality of the music
We are interested in how your project will develop the songwriters and composers involved.
If you are a songwriter/composer you will need to tell us why this particular activity is so crucial to your creative and/or professional development.
If you are a solo performer or small performance group commissioning others, you will need to explain why your project is so important to the songwriter or performer you are working with.
We are committed to supporting UK based songwriters and composers of all backgrounds.
You will be asked to outline who you are reaching and how. This includes audiences at a local, regional, national or international level
The following are considered by PRS for Music Foundation to be Women Make Music music creators:
Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page for information on music creators we consider eligible and ineligible, including advice on restrictions around financial set-up.
Women Make Music supports women music creators of all genres and backgrounds and at different stages of their career.
We support high quality new music projects and therefore cannot support core organisational costs, salary costs or living costs.
What’s the difference between Women Make Music and The Open Fund for Music Creators?
Both schemes are designed to support outstanding music creators and applications are judged on the same criteria. Women Make Music is exclusively available to women music creators (i.e. solo artists, composers or groups where the lead music creator is female).
86% of applicants to Women Make Music are first time applicants and we want to encourage women who might otherwise not apply for funding to do so. As such, Women Make Music grantees are encouraged to progress to other funding schemes such as The Open Fund for Music Creators or Momentum and our Application and Grants Limits therefore reflect this.
If you are unsure of which scheme to apply for, please contact the team. Click here to see the full list of other PRS for Music Foundation opportunities for organisations and music creators.
How much can I apply for?
Women Make Music offers grants of up to £5,000.
Our funding includes support of:
What can’t be covered by a Women Make Music grant?
Through Women Make Music, 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 Women Make Music Criteria for full details.
When are Women Make Music deadlines?
Deadlines occur three times per calendar year. The next deadline for Women Make Music is Monday 1st February 2016 at 6pm.
|Stage 1 deadline||Stage 1 decision||Stage 2 deadline||Funding decision date|
|Mon 1st February||Mon 29th February||Tues 15th March||Late April|
|Mon 6th June||Mon 4th July||Tues 19th July||Late September|
|Mon 3rd October||Wed 26th October||Tues 8th November||Late December|
When applying, keep in mind that we can only support activity happening after the decision date for your deadline – this will mean your proposed activity must be at least 12 weeks after the deadline.
We will close the application forms for up to 12 weeks after each deadline for system upkeep.
We expect your project to take place within 1 year of receiving our grant.
How do I apply?
The application is a two stage process. Only those with successful 1st stage applications will be asked to continue on to the 2nd stage.
We strongly recommend that you read this short document before beginning an application.