The aims of Women Make Music are:

  • To break down assumptions and stereotypes within the music industry by encouraging role models for future generations
  • To raise awareness of the gender gap and to ensure that women are aware that support for new music is available to them
  • To increase the profile of women who are creating new music in the UK
  • To encourage women who may otherwise not have applied for PRS for Music Foundation funding to do so

Women Make Music supports the development of outstanding women songwriters and composers of all genres and backgrounds at different stages of their career. The fund can support projects by women songwriters, composers, artists, bands and performers who are writing their own music.

The following are considered by PRS for Music Foundation to be Women Make Music music creators:

  • Songwriters
  • Composers
  • Solo artists
  • Bands
  • Performers


How much can I apply for?

Women Make Music offers grants of up to £5,000.

Our funding includes support of:

  • touring
  • recording
  • promotion and marketing
  • exciting community projects involving high-quality music creators
  • music creator residencies
  • live performances featuring new UK music

When applying, keep in mind that we can only support activity happening after the decision date for your deadline – this will mean your proposed activity must be at least 12 weeks after the deadline.

We will close the application forms for up to 12 weeks after each deadline for system upkeep.

We expect your project to take place within 1 year of receiving our grant.


What can’t be covered by a Women Make Music grant?

Through Women Make Music, we support high quality new music projects which have tangible musical outcomes and a clearly defined start and end date.

We cannot support core organisational costs, salary costs or living costs. We can fund administration costs relating to the project at a maximum of 10% of total budget.

Why can’t I apply if I’m a company limited by shares?

Women Make Music is not designed to support organisations that share out profits to members or shareholders, unless the activity you are applying for is a self-contained arts project and has a clear benefit to the audience.


We are unable to offer the following:

  • comments or advice on your music
  • advice on signing to a label or how to organise tours/projects
  • advice on gigs/venues
  • advice on promoting your music, unless it has been directly funded by PRS for Music Foundation
  • application form checking, prior to submission (however, you can email us with specific questions)

Please note that we are not able to accept hard copies of applications. All applications must be completed online (please email us if you consider yourself to have a disability which could prevent you from completing the online application).


Multiple applications

Due to high levels of demand for our funding schemes, we can only accept one application per calendar year to Women Make Music*.

Music creators are also restricted to receiving one grant per calendar year.

*Please click here for guidance on the limits to the number of applications you can submit per calendar year.

If you have any concerns about eligibility, please email us.

Do you still have some questions? See the Frequently Asked Questions page.


Application process:

Stage 1

You will be asked to provide two musical examples and a brief description of your project. We will also want to know how your project fits with our funding priorities:

  1. To support the creation, performance and promotion of outstanding new music in any genre

We are particularly interested in the quality of the music

  1. To enable the UK’s most talented music creators to realise their potential

We are interested in how your project will develop the songwriters and composers involved. We are committed to supporting UK based songwriters and composers of all backgrounds 

  1. To inspire audiences 

You will be asked to outline who you are reaching and how. This includes audiences at a local, regional, national or international level

The main reasons applications are not selected to proceed to Stage 2 are eligibility and extremely high levels of competition. Roughly 15-20% of applications progressed to Stage 2 in 2015.

For tips on how to make your application stand out, please visit our FAQ and Tips page written by grantees, staff and advisors.

Stage 2

Successful Stage 1 applications are invited to progress to Stage 2, for which you will have 2-3 weeks to prepare.

Here you will be asked to provide further information on how your project fits with our funding priorities, focussing on the way your project is developing the music creators, long-term plans and audiences.

You have the option to submit another example of music at this stage. We will also request a budget using our online template.


The deadline for the next round of applications is 8th May 2017.

For full terms and conditions and for guidance on completing the application form, please click here.