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POWER UP Announces Year 2 Participant Programme Deadline

The holistic POWER UP Participant Programme which includes grants of up to £15k, mentoring, partner, marketing and network support is open for applications until Thursday 17 February 2022.

Published: 25 January 2022 | 3:38 PM Updated: 26 January 2022 | 12:48 PM
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The POWER UP Participant Programme is a long-term network addressing barriers facing 40 Black participants. Image credit: Shutterstock.


The POWER UP Participant Programme is a long-term network addressing barriers facing 40 Black participants. Participants will be at crucial career stages, working in any genre or sub-sector, and will be in need of support to progress, powering up through:

  • Grant support of up to £15,000
  • Capacity building and mentoring
  • Support from partners
  • Marketing support

POWER UP aims to break down barriers to create a fairer, more equitable music industry, to achieve better representation in all sectors of the UK music industry, and to amplify the work of Black creators and industry professionals, through two strands, the POWER UP Participant Programme and the POWER UP Movement.

In alliance with the Black Music Coalition, the POWER UP Movement will set targets and apply industry pressure to increase Black representation, empower and advocate for Black talent and industry professionals, consequently influencing policy and shaping the future of the music.

Programme eligibilty

Each year the Participant Programme supports:

  • 20 Black music creators (artists, songwriters, composers and producers who are involved in the creative process and may be working in any genre, based anywhere in the UK), and
  • 20 Black executives and industry professionals (professionals working in any sector of the music industry, anywhere in the UK - including employees and entrepreneurs, freelancers and self-employed professionals).

How to apply

Information on how to apply and FAQs are available on the PRS Foundation website.

For anyone interested in applying, the “How to Apply” video recorded last year is still available to watch via Youtube and a number of outreach and advice sessions will be announced via the POWER UP social media channels (@TimeToPowerUp_) soon.

The application deadline is Thursday 17 February 2022, 6:00pm. Successful applicants will be announced in April 2022.

For further information about POWER UP, please email

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