Demand for their funding is very high. For most schemes they ask for an outline of planned activities.
Within activity charts applicants can outline the status of activity, usually with the options ‘Confirmed’, ‘Provisional’ or ‘Unconfirmed’. In most cases, ‘Confirmed’ activity is prioritised, meaning for example that a UK tour with 6 confirmed dates is more likely to receive funding than a tour with no dates confirmed.
Advisors are asked to consider activity status within the context of the project, including the context of the main genre music creators work in. This recognises the fact that for some genres, it is unlikely that all dates will be confirmed 12-18 weeks in advance of preferred performance dates.
Some tips for those unable to include ‘Confirmed’ activity:
✔ In your application, show them that you have a track record of making similar projects happen.
✔ Tell them if you’ve had a conversation with promoters, venues, bookers, agents or performers.
✔ If you don’t have exact dates, show them the timeframe and venues you have made plans with.
✔ At the very least indicate the types of venues, likely locations or possible studios you might use.
If you don’t have this information, consider waiting for a future deadline as this can influence the final decision.
Full information on The Open Fund: Criteria – PRS for Music Foundation website.
Please note information has been directly taken from the PRS foundation website, please keep up to date with most recent guidelines and updates on their website.