MMF Accelerator Programme for Music Managers

The Music Managers Forum has announced the Accelerator Programme for Music Managers in partnership with the Scottish Music Industry Association and Youtube Music for grants of up to £15k.

The Music Managers Forum (MMF), in partnership with YouTube Music, are delighted to launch the Accelerator Programme for Music Managers – the first ever independent funding and professional development initiative designed solely for artist, songwriter and producer managers. The programme is aimed at individuals in full or part-time employment, looking to make the leap into full-time music management with their own company.

As well as providing twelve-month grants of up to £15,000, APMM will see successful applicants benefit from an intensive year-long training and mentorship programme, delivered in partnership with CMU Insights and Music Ally. The Accelerator Programme for Music Managers has also partnered with the Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA) to ensure that managers living in Scotland can participate.

Applications for APMM are open now for managers based in England and Scotland.

Fiona McGugan, General Manager, Music Managers Forum, who represent more than 500 managers based in UK, said:

“The role of music management has undoubtedly been elevated across the past decade. It’s a challenging profession, and a good manager needs to be across all aspects of their client’s business – be they an artist, a songwriter or a producer. However, many managers also face financial uncertainty, particularly in the early stages of their career, and we fear that without proper support the music industry will lose vital talent from across the country.”

“By partnering with YouTube Music, the Accelerator Programme offers a way of addressing this dilemma.The programme is for managers who are already building a track record, and our aim is to encourage applications from across England and Scotland, from all genres and backgrounds, and to leave a lasting legacy that serves a whole generation of artists.”

– New independent fund to support independent music managers based in England and Scotland through the precarious early stages of their career

– Twelve-month grants of up to £15,000 made available, as well as extensive training, mentoring and advice from industry professionals

– Accelerator Programme endorsed by managers representing artists including Anne-Marie, Biffy Clyro, Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes, Glass Animals, Wretch 32 and Years & Years.

– The MMF calls for the widest possible range of video applications

Location: All Scotland

For further information, please contact (, or visit

The deadline is Wednesday 31 October 2018 at 12:00.


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