Peter Leathem & Joe Frankland on how the PPL Momentum Music Fund powers new talent

Last month marked the one-year anniversary of the newly rebranded PPL Momentum Music Fund, which saw PRS Foundation and PPL expand their partnership on the initiative offering grants between £5-15,000 to boost growing UK artists.

Since its launch in 2013, the fund has supported the careers of Moses Boyd, Sam Fender, Little Simz, Hannah Peel, Years & Years, Floating Points, Kae Tempest, Sports Team and many more.

“I always felt like if I was an A&R, I’d be looking at the Momentum list’s latest grantees because so many go on to be successful,” PRS Foundation CEO, Joe Frankland, told Music Week.

Over the last year, the fund received nearly 1,000 applications. For the 55 acts that were added to the fund, including Emmavie, Dream Nails and Kofi Stone (pictured L-R), it has had to evolve to fit the needs of these artists in a pandemic.

Here, PPL CEO Peter Leathem and PRS Foundation CEO Joe Frankland reflect on the successes and challenges of the PPL Momentum Music Fund’s first year…

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