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Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Help Musicians UK launches Develop funds

12:45, 2nd August 2017

Help Musicians UK (HMUK) has announced Help Musicians Develop, which will invest £270,000 over the next 18 months to allow artists to take stock professionally and creatively.

There are two strands: the Transmission Fund, through which £500 – £1,500 will be granted to support formal and time-limited training and mentoring opportunities in both the UK and internationally, and the Fusion Fund, which will award £2,000 – £5,000 to support UK-based cross disciplinary, collaborative and research and development projects.

The funds were established following reviews of the Career Development Bursary scheme. The Transmission Fund, enhancing this scheme, will continue to fund high-quality development opportunities for artists at crucial points, while the Fusion Fund is designed to give musicians the chance to develop and test new work, ideas or potential career directions through inspiring periods of collaboration.

With music at their centre, projects will work across sectors, art forms and disciplines. Each round of the Fusion Fund will have a regional focus, with the first opening in Northern Ireland from 1 August.

Both funds are open to professional and emerging professional musicians aged over 21. The previous upper age limit of 35 has been removed.

Claire Gevaux, HMUK’s creative programme director, said: ‘It is vitally important that we support and empower musicians to have long lasting careers in the industry. Affording professional development or training opportunities can be challenging when other priorities and practicalities take precedent.

‘Through both of these funding streams, we hope to see many more success stories for musicians in all genres across the whole of the UK and at any stage of their careers.’



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