PRS FOUNDATION points to nearly half of this year’s artistes nominated for a Mercury Award benefitting from funding at some point in their career.
Senior grants and programme manager Joe Frankland says that the continued appearance of PRSF-funded artistes in this and other award nominations shows a strengthening of ties between the fund and the music industry.
“I think because we use panels of industry experts to decide who receives funding, and they’re also likely to be the sorts of people approached by awards organisations to give their opinion, artistes with the most potential are simultaneously benefitting from financial support and recognition,” he says.
Frankland adds that along with Everything Everything, Sons of Kemet, Nadine Shah and Wolf Alice, Novelist is a particularly good example of the stars aligning for an act.
“That’s a really great one for us: with Novelist it was clear that he and his team had understood that the funding had come at a crucial moment, and they used that to put together a truly great album at a time that would maximise the potential return on that funding,” he says.