On January 18th 2013, after receiving a grant from the PRS Foundation and becoming an advisor (a judge) I decided to hold a workshop for a few of my artist friends in the hope it would encourage and help them to apply. Almost exactly a year later, and everyone from that initial workshop who applied for funding from the PRSF got it (Eric Lau won the Individuals Fund, Flako won a Momentum Award, and Tanya Auclair won the Women Make Music Fund), I’ve published a DIY how to guide, and helped artists and companies to raise just over £40,000 so far (that I know of).
“I’ve just received a PRSF Women Make Music grant and owe a big thanks to Put Me On It’s guidance and advice though the application process. The funding will enable me to devise a new show and my next tour, which are really important next steps for me. I’ve learnt a lot about how to present my creative ideas – in ways other than sound! – and plan a tour, which are such valuable tools for any independent artist.”
- Tanya Auclair (PRSF Women Make Music)
“Many thanks for your help! Your advice really helped to understand the application process and overall funding scheme.”
- Flako (PRSF Momentum Fund)
It was a world I knew relatively little about despite having worked on the Roundhouse Development team on a £30m capital project – I just assumed funding was only available for big arts organisations. I’ve now judged hundreds of applications for the PRSF and the Musicians Benevolent Fund, have a good relationship with the Arts Council and a pretty clear understanding of what makes an application successful. I wish I had more time to help people through the process but this is a very small part of what I do – so with funding deadlines looming I’m running a workshop for anyone who wants to attend – artists, managers, booking agents, record labels, promoters etc. I’ll walk you through what kind of funding to apply for and when, what funders are looking for, and confusing jargon. My aim is to de-mystify the process.
PMOI DIY Music Fundraising Workshop
Bootstrap Company, The Print House
18 Ashwin Street, E8 3DL
Limited earlybird tickets £10/ £15 adv (sold out)
**Please note that this workshop is independently run by PMOI and is not affiliated with any funding bodies
We’re rounding up the year at The Paradise in Kensal Rise with a little PMOI
Christmas Party for our family and friends. The team who keep things running behind the scenes (Jack Prideaux, Elelta aka Elles Belles, and myself) will be selecting some tunes, eating roast dinners, dancing them off and generally being festive. If Outkast, Flako and Vybz Kartel make you feel festive. See you there…
PMOI Xmas Party @ The Paradise
Sunday 8th December 2013
19 Kilburn Ln, London W10 4AE
6pm – 11pm, free entry
Our friends at The Bootstrap Company invited PMOI to curate the live music for their annual summer party at Dalston Roof Park, and we were only too happy to oblige. Somehow we managed to blag our musical heroes The Invisible for a DJ set, it was the perfect excuse to invite Denai Moore along to play before she goes stellar (and whose beautiful Saudade EP we’ve had on repeat for 6 months, after PMOI events intern extraordinaire Amina thrust it under my nose), in keeping with the mixed events of the day we have poetry (a first!) from the witty and provocative Musa Okwonga, and a party ain’t a party without a DJ set from NTS Radio’s morning marauder Marshmello.
There will also be lots of other activities on the day – a four storey mural, the launch of the Bootstrap Campus, swing dance lessons in a bunker, a design exhibition, comedy from Hackney’s finest Kojo and various other amusements in and around the Bootstrap Company’s various spaces. Tickets are only £3 but they’re going fast…
If you have an idea, project, event or brand you want to bring to life online but you’re not quite sure how to do it, come along for a free one on one advice session. I’ll be sharing some insights about the power of momentum, how to grow a community instead of “followers”, marketing myths, what makes bloggers blog, the biggest PR pitfalls, strategies that work, and how to tell compelling stories to help you find your way through the mysterious world of marketing. It’s first come first served so please don’t be late and please do bring a pen…
This was our third year at Soundwave Festival in Croatia, and much like a healthy farm occasionally you need a fallow year – which meant we got to concentrate all of our energies on a six hour long beach party with no live stage to worry about.
Having never DJ’d publicly before, apart from the odd guest slot on Marshmello’s morning show on NTS Radio, I was rather nervous, so Jack Prideaux and I knocked out a quick half hour selector set each before bringing in the big guns – a few people came to see what I was playing though, a mixture of tropical, bashment, brass, and some very slutty RnB and hip hop.
Chris P Cuts, who has rapidly become on of my favourite DJs in the last year (you may have heard him covering for Kutmah on NTS , he also DJs for Roots Manuva and Spoek Mathambo) was up first. I’ve never met someone quite so enthusiastic about DJing as Chris – who quite literally and very endearingly – cannot stop talking about it. His set travelled through time and across genres as though neither really existed; he plays old school tunes like he was actually there and weaves it in to totally different new music like it was a sample.
I don’t know if he was joking when he said he’d play a really chilled set, but it never happened, much to my joy and the slight chagrin of the festival organisers (“you guys can just play loads of A Tribe Called Quest and relaxed stuff at your party yeah…”). It wasn’t long before we were all screw facing to Busta’s “Twerk It” and loads of amazing and obscure stuff I will never know the name of.
The legendary Mr Thing arrived from a boat party for our last hour at the beach (which turned in to almost two) to go back to back with Kidkanevil.I was expecting it to get Dilla / Pete Rock / Premo heavy but they just got more hyped on new stuff with loads of bass until we were all in danger of getting permanent Yayo face. They eventually calmed it down to hand over to Tall Black Guy, but not before dropping some serious classics. Our Soundwave beach party is always one of the highlights of my year but this year it seemed even more special – huge thanks to the festival for inviting us, all of those who played, and to our crew for dancing all day.