The recent arguments around funding for the UK’s PRS Foundation rested on the role it plays funding emerging musical talent, particularly artists and songwriters from diverse backgrounds.
If another reminder is needed, this morning the Foundation has announced the cohort for the second year of its ‘Power Up‘ program, which focuses on Black musicians and industry professionals.
40 have been chosen for the cohort: 20 from each of those two groups. They’ll get grant support of up to £15k each, as well as masterclasses, mentoring and coaching, mental health and wellbeing support among other benefits.
PRS Foundation noted that 50% of this year’s cohort are based outside London; that 50% are women or gender minorities; and more than 25% are LGBTQ+.
YouTube Music, Beggars Group, Spotify and Black Music Coalition are the key partners for the program this year, along with various other industry supporters.