Help Musicians, the leading independent UK music charity, has increased its investment in Northern Irish musicians’ careers as the charity launches its new Help Musicians Develop funding scheme. The Fusion Fund, commencing in NI, and the UK-wide Transmission Fund will offer NI-based musicians the opportunity to gain funding and assistance in career development, cross disciplinary, collaborative, and research and development projects.
The funds will see a £270,000 investment over the next 18 months across the UK and will allow artists to take stock professionally and creatively through two distinct strands:
Fusion Fund: £2,000 – £5,000 to support UK-based cross disciplinary, collaborative and research and development projects
Transmission Fund: £500 – £1,500 to support formal and time-limited training and mentoring opportunities in both the UK and internationally
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. Each round of the Fusion Fund will have a regional focus. Having opened in Northern Ireland on 1 August 2017, applications close on 11 September 2017.
The Transmission Fund, similar to the charity’s previous Career Development Bursary scheme, will continue to fund high-quality development opportunities at crucial points. There will be seven rounds open to professional musicians across the UK over the next 12 months. The first round closes on 1 September 2017.
Both funds are open to professional and emerging professional musicians aged over the age of 21.
Keith Millar, Northern Ireland Development Manager said: “Help Musicians once again affirms its commitment to the Northern Ireland music sector, with the launch of the Help Musicians Develop fund today.
“To those musicians eager to apply, the funding offers tremendous opportunity for continued artistic and career development both through training and mentoring, and crucially through partnership and collaboration with Northern Irish artists and art forms outside of the musical sphere—unleashing the potential for some amazing original creative synergies.”