IMG Artists is delighted to announce that Luke Styles has been named to the inaugural class of the PRS For Music Foundation Composers’ Fund. Luke, and eight fellow British composers, will be supported through this new fund as they develop their work in the UK and oversees. Luke’s grant will be used to cover research and development for a Neo-Baroque opera.

The annual £150,000 fund offers composers direct access to funding to support them in realising ambitious projects at pivotal stages in their careers. The fund was launched by the PRS for Music Foundation at London’s City Hall in April 2016 with additional support from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Vanessa Reed, executive director for PRS for Music Foundation said, “Congratulations to the nine composers selected from this competitive first round of applications. We’re proud to be supporting these talented and distinctive composers, to take more control of their own destiny.  I very much look forward to following their progress and seeing how this support enables them to develop their music and take their career to the next stage.”

Alison Holdom, grants manager, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation added: “We support the development of emerging artistic talent – usually through established arts organisations. Supporting composers directly is a new way of funding for us, and we’re grateful for the expert guidance of the PRS Foundation in directing our funding. We’re excited to see where this model takes us, and the composers themselves.”

DON’T MISS PRS FOUNDATION’S PARTNERSHIP WITH CLASSICAL MUSIC STREAMING PLATFORM GRAMMOFY FEATURING A NEW CURATED COLLECTION, GREAT BRITS, FEATURING MUSIC FROM EACH OF THE HONOURED COMPOSERS.

For more information, please visit prsmusicfoundations.com.