By Hayley Sigrist
Public Service Broadcasting will give the inside track at The Great Escape on how they have developed their offbeat ideas into Top 40 records and live propositions.
The band's J. Willgoose, Esq. will be joined on-stage by members of his live, label and management team, and will also discuss how he’s accessed vital funding opportunities including PRS Foundation’s Momentum Music Fund and International Showcase Fund.
Hosted by PPL, PRS for Music and the PRS for Music Foundation, the panel, entitled Creating a Unique Sound and Show, will be held in the Old Courtroom at 12.30pm on Friday, May 20.
"British music continues to thrive on both a local and international scale, and it’s vital that new and upcoming artists, songwriters and performers have the opportunity to reach their true potential and be as ambitious as they’d like to be," said Willgoose. "We’ve had some great support from the PRS Momentum Music Fund as well as other grants, and I look forward to discussing all the issues involved with the other panel members.”
Panellists on the day will also include Ritu Morton (Six07 Press), David Manders (Liquid Management/Test Card Recordings/Liquid Records) and independent industry commentator James Endeacott (1965 Records/A&R expert). PPL consultant Keith Harris will chair the session.
Harris said: “This is a great chance for emerging and established artists alike, and anyone involved in supporting these performers, to come and hear first-hand from Public Service Broadcasting on how they managed to stay true to their unique vision and still achieve great commercial success. Experts on the panel will also be on hand to give a 360° perspective on what it takes to make it as an artist today.”
PRS for Music Foundation’s executive director Vanessa Reed added: “Public Service Broadcasting’s success demonstrates how independent artists can take control, build an exciting career and create music which is acclaimed by critics and fans across the world. We helped PSB to achieve this by supporting their Top 20 album ‘Race for Space’ through our Momentum Music Fund which we run using public funding from Arts Council England and in association with Spotify.
"Since 2013, Momentum has supported over 120 artists who are developing their career on their own terms, often with support from their independent labels and teams. I’m sure PSB’s insights will be an inspiration for current and future applicants to Momentum and other funds we manage at PRS for Music Foundation. I look forward to hearing their insights.”