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AWAL provides £50,000 to PRS Foundation’s Women Make Music fund

By | Published on Thursday 15 August 2019

Kobalt’s AWAL has announced a new partnership with the PRS Foundation that will see it donate £50,000 and the expertise of its team to the music charity’s Women Make Music fund.

Announcing the support, Kobalt’s Head Of UK Creative Alison Donald says: “Kobalt and AWAL’s values are perfectly aligned with that of PRS Foundation and Women Make Music. We’re proud to be a part of such an important cause in the industry to support a significant number of outstanding female creators and invest in the future of music”.

The Women Make Music fund offers grants to female music-makers. It was one of the PRS Foundation’s first initiatives to encourage more women to pursue music-making careers, prompted by the significant gender imbalance within the membership of PRS itself. The Foundation has since led on other programmes to enable more diversity in the music-making community, of course, in particular its Keychange campaign.

Welcoming AWAL’s support on the fund, PRS Foundation’s new boss Joe Frankland says: “We are proud that Women Make Music has had a significant impact on hundreds of women music creators’ careers. A broader range of talent is being empowered and we are championing the UK’s most exciting new music. However, barriers still need to be broken down – particularly around access to funding, effective mentoring and increased networking opportunities. Thanks to the enthusiastic and expert team at AWAL, we are able to proactively address those barriers and look forward to continued success”.