PRS Foundation Talent Development Partner 2019-2020

Higher Rhythm is a Talent Development Partner of the PRS Foundation alongside 4 other partners from across the Yorkshire region in the Yorkshire Music Forum, an association supporting the development of music artists and the music industry in Yorkshire.

Our TDP Programme for 2019 /20 will develop entry, developing and emerging level, Yorkshire based music artists, to advance their careers through bespoke, targeted support including recordings, releases, mentoring, advice sessions and industry events. The funding received from PRS Foundation for this project works alongside match funding from other funders and sources including Arts Council EnglandHelp Musicians UK, and private income.

Throughout 2019 -2020 we supported artists to produce high quality recordings, working with Higher Rhythm in-house studio engineer Paul Littlewood, multi-award winning producer Andy Seward, and accompanying video elements, working with Skinny Pelembe.

Listen to previews of the recorded tracks below (and please consider buying these tracks as they are released to help support the artists)

And here are short videos of the artists involved reflecting on their experience of being involved in the project.


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.



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

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.

August Charles

Born in Zambia, raised in the UK, British musician August Charles’ musical tastes and talents have evolved over the years. 2020 will see August emerge with his debut single “Take Me Away” as he explores his music identity by working himself through artists such George Benson, Marvin Gaye, John Legend, Maverick Sabre, Kanye West, King Krule, James Blake and BadBadNotGood just to name a few.


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.