Grants on offer to promising musical talent

A new funding scheme has been launched to help the careers of some of the UK’s most promising musical talents.

Emerging musicians, composers, bands and ensembles can now apply for up to £3,000 through the Emerging Excellence Award.

Genre or style is not important but there are conditions.

Applicants must have a  musical project in the pipeline which any money would go towards. They must also be aged between 18 and 30-years-old, show promising musical ability and a need for financial help.

Organised and run by the Musicians Benevolent Fund, the scheme has been specifically designed to support important development opportunities, projects and other programmes that will have a lasting impact on a musician or group’s professional career.

If a musician or composer wanted to go on a specialised course, for example, or take on a creative residency at a school or college, the grant could be used to help them achieve their goals.

Grants range from anywhere between £500 to £3,000 but those seeking more than £1,500 will be required to pitch their project to a panel of experts, described by the Fund as a Dragon’s Den style process.

Musicians are the focus of the funding scheme, and it is hoped that through the grants, young artists will create their own successful and individual profile, within a hugely competitive industry.

“This is an exciting opportunity for some of the most talented and adventurous young musicians to receive targeted support towards their creative and professional development,” explained David Sulkin, chief executive of the Musicians Benevolent Fund.

“We know from recent research that the first few years in the profession can be a struggle and the Musicians Benevolent Fund wants to help address that.”

Some applicants can also attend a Development Needs Analysis session to help refine their project plans and ideas before making a proposal for a grant. The advisors will also be able to help advise and guide attendees on how to achieve their career ambitions, with or without a successful Emerging Excellence Award pitch.

Applications close on May 21st.

Visit the Emerging Excellence Award website for more details.

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