PRS Foundation’s ‘Power Up’ Programme Open for Applications for Second Year

18 Jan 2022


The Power Up Participant Programme is designed to elevate exciting Black music creators and industry professionals and address barriers for those at crucial career stages.

Creating a long-term network across the UK, each year the Participant Programme will support:

  • 20 x Black music creators
    artists, songwriters, composers and producers who are involved in the creative process and may be working in any genre, based anywhere in the UK
  • 20 x Black executives and industry professionals
    industry professionals working in any sector of the music industry, anywhere in the UK. This includes employees and entrepreneurs, freelancers and self-employed professionals

Click here to see information on Year 1 Participants

Participants will power up through:

  • Grant support of up to £15,000
  • Capacity building and mentoring
  • Access to partners
  • Marketing support 
  • Taking part in the long-term Power Up network

Year 2 applications are open from 18th January 2022 until 6pm on Thursday 17th February 2022.

Should I apply? 

Have you experienced barriers relating to being a Black music creator or industry professional?

Do you want grant support and to take part in a transformative capacity building programme in order to break down barriers and break through the glass ceiling?

Will Power Up support have a significant impact on your progression?

Power Up supports exceptional talent on the creative side and behind the scenes in the industry, providing opportunities to progress which benefits members of the network and the wider music community. We can help participants to realise their potential and shape the future of music.

PRS Foundation encourage potential applicants to read our full updated guidance pages, watch and listen to existing advice videos and podcasts, and to sign up to advice sessions they will be running before the deadline.  They also recommend checking out our list of Year 1 Participants for an impression of the mix of creators and professionals selected in their first year.


What support is on offer? 

Participants will bring their expertise and experiences to the network and will power up through:

  • Grant support of up to £15,000 
  • Capacity building and mentoring
  • Support from and access to partners
  • Marketing and promotional support from the PRS Foundation and Power Up partners



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The Scottish Music Industry Association receives Regular Funding from Creative Scotland, the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here.

Creative Scotland distribute funding from the Scottish Government and The National Lottery.