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Funding awarded to continue Talent Development Partner programmes

We’re very pleased to announce that Bristol Music Trust as been awarded funding from PRS Foundation for another year to support our work with emerging music talent and that we continue to be one of the 49 PRS Foundation Talent Development partners in the UK.

At Bristol Music Trust we believe that to ensure the richness and diversity of the UK’s music industry it is vital we invest in the talent for the future. With this funding from PRS Foundation in association with Youth Music we invest directly in our artistic programme and the artists that perform as part of our Colston Hall Presents programme, as well as through Multi-Track’s Home-Grown Heat artist development programme, to give emerging talent the platforms and opportunities they need to develop and thrive.

Our programme of concerts and festivals at Colston Hall and across Bristol attract thousands of people each year and our talent development and education programmes ensure aspiring artists benefit.

Thanks to PRS Foundation’s support in 2020-2021, we will be able to give showcase opportunities to 40 music acts throughout the year,  with 40% from the South West and 60% from the rest of the UK.

The continuation of this funding will enable us to continue to support emerging talent in this way.

Launched in 2016 and expanding each year, the PRS Foundation Talent Development Partners create a pioneering network of organisations working at the frontline of talent development in the UK, supporting a broad range of music creators across different music genres, career levels and UK regions.

The network – which includes venues, festivals, rehearsal spaces, studios and other talent development experts – reaches over 5,000 diverse and exciting songwriters, composers, artists, bands, ensembles and producers each year.

Organisations are selected because of the quality and range of opportunities on offer for music creators in their specialist field or region, the year-round impact of their work, and because of what they bring to the network.

In March 2020 PRS Foundation announced a new partnership with Youth Music, with support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, for the Talent Development Partner network. Additional funding and the support of Youth Music’s team will bring career development opportunities to young people across England, Scotland and Wales, helping to break down the barriers to the music industries which many young creatives face.

PRS Foundation has been supporting Talent Development Partners through the unprecedented challenges facing organisations and music creators due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Network member festivals, venues and programming bodies all face particularly tough months ahead. As a network member, Bristol Music Trust is determined to ensure that we meet the changing needs of music creators and adapt our programme focus for the lockdown period while making plans for what our artistic offering may look like post-lockdown.

Joe Frankland, CEO of PRS Foundation said:

“I would like to welcome the 49 organisations to this year’s Talent Development Partner network. Since the launch of this network in 2016 we have been increasingly inspired with the energy and impact that the brilliant people in each organisation have brought to this network and how important they are to the talent development pipeline for music creators across the UK and the wider music industry infrastructure. Despite facing significant COVID-19 related challenges this year, the network has been proactive in responding to the changing needs of creators and we look forward to working closely with all 49 organisations over the next 12 months.”

Matt Griffiths, CEO of Youth Music said:

“Young people just starting out in the music industries are being hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 pandemic – in addition to the barriers those from low income backgrounds were already facing. We’re really pleased to partner with PRS Foundation to support the next generation of musicians. Thanks to funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, we’re able to extend our support to projects in Wales and Scotland, as well as continuing to invest in English organisations.”

To find out more about our work to support emerging talent, visit our Take Part pages here. 

Supported by

  • Our talent development work is supported by PRS Foundation, the UK’s leading funder of new music and talent development.

  • Youth Music is the leading UK children’s charity using music to transform the lives of disadvantaged young people.