Creative Kernow, based at Krowji, is the umbrella organisation for the following nine projects. Together we support the production, promotion and distribution of work by creative practitioners in Cornwall because we believe in creativity's transformative power and want more people to benefit from it.

Music funding

This is a list of organisations that offer music funding. We’ll add more as we hear about them.

Arts Council England

Grants for the Arts

Grants for the arts is our Lottery-funded grant programme for individuals, arts organisations and other people who use the arts in their work. Grants are available for activities carried out over a set period and which engage people in England in arts activities and help artists and arts organisations in England carry out their work.

What can I apply for?

We offer awards from £1,000 to £100,000 to support a wide variety of arts-related activities, from dance to visual arts, literature to theatre, music to combined arts.

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Strategic Touring Programme

The £45 million Strategic touring programme was launched in 2011 and is designed to encourage collaboration between organisations, so that more people across England experience and are inspired by the arts, particularly in places which rely on touring for much of their arts provision.

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PRS for Music Foundation

Momentum Music Fund

Momentum offers grants of £5k-£15k for artists and bands to break through to the next level of their career.

To find out if you, your band, or an act you represent, could be eligible for funding from Momentum read through the information below. You can also find links to the online application process.

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Women Make Music

In 2010, PRS for Music Foundation launched a unique funding opportunity which invited women music creators to apply for our support. The fourth year of Women Make Music comes after hugely successful projects in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

The application is a 2 stage process. Only those with successful 1st stage applications will be asked to continue on to the 2nd stage.

Financial support of up to £5000 is available, and new music in any genre is welcome.

The aims of Women Make Music are:

•Break down assumptions and stereotypes within the music industry by encouraging role models for future generations

•Raise awareness of the gender gap and to ensure that women are aware that support for new music is available to them

•Increase the profile of women who are creating new music in the UK

•Stimulate new collaborations between organisations and female music creators.

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International Showcase Fund

The new name for British Music Abroad.

Run in partnership with British Underground, UK Trade & Investment, Arts Council England and Musicians’ Union, the International Showcase Fund offers support for UK artists to reach a worldwide audience through performing at key showcasing festivals and conferences.

If you are your act have been invited to perform at an international showcasing event then you could be eligible for support to help cover the costs:



•accommodation costs

•for the artist and their representative or manager

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Essential Guide to Music Funding

The Unsigned Guide have just released their free Essential Guide to Music Funding which has been revised for 2016.

This 37 page document summarising many of the music funding options available to bands, musicians, labels and managers and contains contributions from Arts Council England, BPI, PRS For Music Foundation, Creative Industry Finance, Help Musicians UK, Music Tank, Transmit Start-Ups, Musicians’ Union, Pledge Music and Remi Harris Consulting.

Since first publishing their music industry directory in 2003, The Unsigned Guide has become an essential resource for aspiring bands & artists, producers, new record labels or promoters starting out and anyone else working towards a career in the music business.

Along with maintaining their comprehensive online UK music directory, listing over 8,500 contacts spanning the music business, they also occasionally publish free PDF guides offering crucial and valuable advice to assist independent artists in getting to grips with the music business.

The Unsigned Guide Editor Louise Dodgson said: “We are regularly on the receiving end of enquiries from bands and musicians wanting to make a living from their craft, asking how they can be supported financially. So we set about gathering this info together to make sure artists are aware of the options and support out there that they can tap into”.

Bands and musicians can obtain their free copy of The Unsigned Guide’s Essential Guide to Music Funding by emailing