Living Room in London, whose recent album was funded by a Musicians Benevolent Fund award.
A new funding scheme for musicians has been launched in the UK. Grants of up to £3,000 are available to musicians through the Emerging Excellence Awards, which are administered by the Musicians Benevolent Fund. The award can go to individual musicians, composers and groups working in any genre and is intended to fund ‘an important development opportunity, project or extended programme of activity that will have a lasting impact on [the artist’s] professional career’.
There are three tiers to the new award: small grants of up to £500, development grants between £500 and £1,500 and large grants of over £1,500. Short-listed candidates in the large grants category will have to pitch their ideas in a Dragon’s Den-style panel.
Examples given of possible uses for the Emerging Excellence Award include ‘a period of intensive coaching, a specialised short course, a creative residency, or collaboration with other artists’. Applicants can also attend a ‘Development Needs Analysis’ session to help refine a project proposal.
The closing date for applications is Monday, 21 May at 9pm.
Published on 27 March 2012