PRS Foundation’s Flash Funding programme addresses issues facing emerging music creators by responding to specific needs with an innovative approach to funding, involving video submissions, quick decision turnaround and high-profile industry experts and partners in front of a live audience. The funding offers emerging UK artists and bands the opportunity to develop their careers with:
For the 3rd year in a row, 4 winners will be chosen from a shortlist of 8 applicants during our Live Flash Funding Panel at The Great Escape.
This year's decision panel is made by:
Anton Newcombe (The Brian Jonestown Massacre)
Anton Newcombe is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and founder of the music group The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Besides his own group, Newcombe has worked with a number of bands, most notably The Dandy Warhols, The High Dials, The Manvils, Innaway, and The Quarter After.
Julie Weir (Music For Nations/Sony)
An experienced music industry professional, with a wealth of knowledge of working with bands cross media, from emergent to internationally successful artists. Successes include sold-out arena tours, festival headliners, top 10 singles and a number 1 album. I also consult for major label artists on their emerging talent.
Jamz Supernova (Presenter, BBC Radio 1Xtra)
Hosting three weekly shows on BBC Radio 1Xtra, Jamz Supernova has the privilege and platform to pioneer and showcase new talent across the forward-thinking soul and electronic spectrum. This year sees Jamz Supernova launch her brand-new record label Future Bounce, signing some of the most exciting up and coming artists in her world.
David Bianchi (Various Artists Management)
David started his career in live production and running clubs, working in lowly roles with everyone from Pink Floyd to Brian Adams as well as being a regular live production assistant on TFI Friday. David has managed everyone from Seasick Steve (million UK albums) to The Enemy (no1 UK album) through to The Libertines (whom have sold 110,000 tickets in London alone on the latest campaign) and Charli XCX who has sold over 50 million singles and has had four US number 1 singles not to mention last year’s breakthrough male Tom Grennan
Claire Alliott (Stellar Songs Publishing / TW9 Music Management)
Claire Alliott began her career in music as a live music promoter, working with artists ranging from Kylie Minogue to Prince - and was also responsible for the unsigned artists night. She then moved to an A&R role for Lizard King Records (Warners) whose roster included The Killers and Santo Gold, and is currently an A&R Manager for Stellar Songs Publishing, who’s artist roster includes Sam Smith, Emeli Sande, Charli XCX & Naughty Boy amongst others and producer roster that includes Stargate who have written some of the world’s biggest hits.
Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront, Kings Rd, Brighton BN1 2GS
The live panel is open to those with delegate passes at this year’s Great Escape festival. Find out more at http://greatescapefestival.com/convention/
Read quotes from our partners:
“Music Glue works closely with new and emerging talent to make sure that artists have the very best tools to help them build and maintain connections with their fans. As part of Flash Funding, we can’t wait to join forces with three more fantastic organisations all of whom add real value and quality to a musicians’ career.” - Will Spencer, Senior Account Manager (Music Glue)
"The UK is home to a vast number of incredibly talented artists and at Metropolis we believe it’s important this talent is given the support needed to reach it's full potential. As part of our ongoing commitment to support emerging talent, we’re delighted to be part of the PRS Foundations’ flash funding and look forward to working on more outstanding music." - Dan Baldwin, Mastering Manager (Metropolis Studios)
Find out more about the 2018 winners here: 2018 Flash Funding for Vinyl Winners