Melissa Bradshaw

Help Musicians reopens Do It Differently Fund

11:12, 10th September 2019

Independent music charity Help Musicians has opened the third round of its Do It Differently Fund today (10 September 2019).

The fund, launched in 2018, provides each awardee up to £3,000 towards creative output and a further £2,000 towards one-to-one business guidance led by ThinkMusic, as well as wellbeing tools from Help Musicians and BAPAM (British Association for Performing Arts Medicine).

Help Musicians has also announced a new partnership with the Featured Artist Coalition (FAC), an organisation that provides support, advice and education to artist entrepreneurs. The partnership will see all Do It Differently Awardees (including those from previous rounds) receive fully subsided annual FAC PRO membership featuring benefits such as free legal advice, free admission to all FAC Artist:Entrepreneur (A:E) events, sample management contracts and exclusive networking opportunities.

The organisation is encouraging applications for the fund via video submission, recognising that form filling can be a barrier to entry for some and spotlighting video applications as an accessible opportunity for artists to get creative and apply in a way that works for them. Examples of previous successful video applications can be viewed here.

Claire Gevaux, Help Musicians UK director of programme, said: ‘We are always looking forward and reviewing our support packages, and we’re thrilled to enhance Do It Differently with the addition of Featured Artist Coalition PRO membership. The FAC’s support for DIY creators is a vital service that is a natural fit for our beneficiaries, especially the entrepreneurial applicants we see through this fund. Similarly, ensuring our funds are accessible is of paramount importance to us and it’s why we continue to encourage video applications, as well as written.’


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