PRS Foundation Artist Development

Higher Rhythm gratefully acknowledges support from PRS Foundation.

In 2023 – 2024 we will support a total of 10 music creators thanks to the PRS Foundation Open Fund to produce high quality new music projects via direct support activities such as recording and releasing music, creating short videos for social platforms, radio sessions, and advice sessions with music industry professionals.

Our PRS Foundation funded work started in 2018 focussing on supporting entry, developing and emerging level, Yorkshire based music artists. The focus of our projects is to advance artists careers through bespoke, targeted support including; recordings, releases, promo videos and artist mentoring.

The PRS Foundation supported projects and programmes enable us to work with music artists to produce high-quality recordings and to develop their professional practice through working alongside established music industry professionals.

The funding received as a PRS Foundation TDP worked alongside funding from other funders and sources including Arts Council England and privately generated income.

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Listen to previews of some of the tracks which supported artists from the PRS Foundation talent development programme have recorded below:

A small selection of the videos produced by supported artists whilst recording music:

Some of the artists from our PRS Foundation funded artist support programme:

Rumbi Tauro

PRS Foundation TDP 2021-22

Rumbi Tauro is an R&B|Soul artist. Born in Zimbabwe and raised in Doncaster, music has always come second nature. 2021 has been a great year for Rumbi, notably winning the Pattern + Push programme by established South Yorkshire artists MC and producer Coco and artist ad songwriter Seppy.

Imogen Hart

PRS Foundation TDP 2021-22

Imogen Hart is a singer and songwriter based in Yorkshire. Described by BBC Introducing as “one of Yorkshire’s most impressive up and coming singer songwriters.”

PRS Foundation TDP 2021-22
Samadhi, a collective of Rotherham based musicians, brings together Free Jazz and Folk music to create a unique meditative and improvised mix of sounds and music.
Lewis Paul Marrow

PRS Foundation TDP 2021-22

Singer/Songwriter and Post Modern show off from Kingston upon Hull. Former frontman of the band Republic Of Trees. Lewis Paul Marrow is a rough-hewn heavy set muso with a talent for writing exposing heartfelt lyrics and “gut-churning one-liners”.

Shades Of Red

PRS Foundation TDP 2021-22

Alternative rockers from Scunthorpe.  Yet another exciting new band coming out of the town, cutting their teeth at Scunthorpe’s premier live music venue, Café Indie.

Brodie Milner
PRS Foundation TDP 2021-22
Following the release of his first three singles, Brodie’s music has been championed by the likes of Steve Lamacq (BBC Radio 6), and has been featured on Tom Robinson’s (BBC Radio 6) ‘Fresh Faves’.
Gigs to date include support slots with BC Camplight, Katy J Pearson, and Seafret, alongside festival appearances at Live at Leeds and Humber Street Sesh
Rich Stephenson

PRS Foundation TDP 2021-22

Rich Stephenson is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Boasting ‘frenetic’ live performances, Rich is a touring animal, with appearances at Glastonbury, London O2 Academy, Rockwood Music Hall (NYC), Roundhouse (London), Amsterdam Coffee Festival, Boardmasters Newquay and Humber Street Sesh to name but a few!

August Charles

PRS Foundation TDP 2019-20

August Charles, singer and producer, progressed from our PRS Foundation TDP artist programme, onto our Breakthrough Artist Development Programme releasing two singles as part of these programmes.

August now has a string of releases, professional artist representation and has continually appeared at major festivals, as well as supporting artists such as Nile Rogers’ Chic, Emeli Sandé, and Rag ‘N’ Bone Man.


PRS Foundation TDP 2019-20

Originally from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Explicare (Latin meaning ‘to unfold’) combines a twist of dream pop, atmospheric synth and deep-bass haze.



PRS Foundation TDP 2019-20

Drawing inspiration from the likes of Sparklehorse, Grandaddy, Slint and Lou Reed, Leeds-based ‘Pocketwatch’ are quickly gathering followers with their dark soundscapes, personal lyrics and chubby beats.

R. Loomes

PRS Foundation TDP 2019-20

Sheffield-based singer-songwriter R.Loomes music can be described as ‘dark-Folk’ drawing influence from artists such as Portishead, Cat Power and Jeff Buckley. A preference of live performance studio recordings is creating an intimate and compelling catalogue.


PRS Foundation TDP 2019-20

Hailing from Hull and a favourite of BBC Introducing Alan Raw, indie-rockers Maratimes are gaining a reputation as an unmissable upbeat live act. Heavy drums, big guitars and melodic vocals will have you hooked.

LIO (Luxury Goods)

PRS Foundation Open Fund 2018-19

LIO now performing under the name of, Luxury Goods, is an ambient alt-pop format fronted by Leonie Sloots. LIO progressed from our PRS Foundation Open Fund project in 2018 onto our Breakthrough programme with the ambition of releasing more music, building profile and growing fan-base.

Luxury Goods now has a string of successful releases and is a familiar act at music festivals. Leonie, the front woman, also progressed as a project worker at Higher Rhythm.

Roshan Lal

PRS Foundation Open Fund 2018-19

Taking a break from bass duties from Sheffield instrumental experimental pioneers King Capisce, ‘The Wake’ is Roshan’s first step into recording his solo material. Delicate acoustic open tunings accompany falsetto vocals to create something beautifully unexpected.

Let Man Loose

PRS Foundation Open Fund 2018-19

Let Man Loose are a four-piece rock band from Hull, inspired by Queens of the Stone Age, the associated Palm Springs low desert scene and Sheffield’s Arctic Monkeys. Expect a blend of thunderous fuzz boxes and tuneful East Yorkshire dialect.

Hannah Louise Lloyd

PRS Foundation Open Fund 2018-19

Having recently performed at the Foundry supporting Paul Young and Yellow Arch Studios’ reputable Cafe Sessions, Hannah Louise Lloyd is no stranger to the Sheffield live music scene. With smooth, harmonious vocals and poignant, mature songwriting, Hannah’s performances are always guaranteed to leave you feeling moved. 

Luke Todd

PRS Foundation Open Fund 2018-19

Scunthorpe’s own Luke Todd had been working at the local Steel Works before discovering such artists as Frank Turner, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Bruce Springsteen. His inspiration grew into dedication; a drive to tell his own story.