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Lucy Thraves

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Help Musicians renews partnership with MOBO Trust

4:48, 5th November 2019

Help Musicians UK has renewed its partnership with MOBO Trust for a third year, allowing the charity to continue to offer financial support to artists from underrepresented backgrounds.

This year, the MOBO Help Musicians Fund has grown from £40,000 to £60,000. Previously, the fund has supported activities including the creation and promotion of EPs and debut albums, vocal coaching, music video production, mixing and mastering, and live development.

Help Musicians is providing fully-subsidised access to its Musicians’ Hearing Health Scheme for all awardees in 2019. Through the scheme, recipients will receive a full audiological assessment, including a hearing test and custom-made ear protection.

The fund exists to champion those who can demonstrate high quality musical output, an entrepreneurial spirit and the potential to achieve a national or international impact. Applications opened today on the Help Musicians website and will close on 25 November.

Kanya King CBE, MOBO founder and CEO, said: ‘On behalf of the MOBO trust, we are incredibly pleased to once again join forces with an organisation whose values align so closely with our own. Help Musicians’ commitment to encouraging diversity within the talent funding space means the MOBO Help Musicians Fund can grow and flourish in a very natural way. The addition of the health package is further proof of what makes this partnership so pioneering and vital.’

Claire Gevaux, director of programmes at Help Musicians said: ‘We’re excited to uncover even more talent in 2019 with an increased budget and an enhanced package of support on offer. Help Musicians wants a world where musicians thrive, and we recognise the need to support musicians’ health and wellbeing as well as their creative careers.

‘For musicians applying to this fund, the addition of the Musicians’ Hearing Health Scheme will offer an enhanced package of preventative support for musicians working in genres outside of the commercial heartland.’

Applications can be made via the Help Musicians website and application form here.

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