Help Musicians Launches New Fund in Northern Ireland

Help Musicians Launches New Fund in Northern Ireland

Help Musicians increases its investment in musicians’ careers as the charity launches its new Help Musicians Develop funds today, with a focus on Northern Ireland (NI). 

The Fusion Fundcommencing 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 Help Musicians Develop 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. With music at the centre, projects will work across sectors, art forms and disciplines. Each round of the Fusion Fund will have a regional focus, the inaugural round opening in Northern Ireland on 1 August 2017 and closing 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—more than ever before—open to professional musicians across the UK over the next 12 months. The first round closes on 01 September 2017.

Both funds are open to professional and emerging professional musicians aged over the age of 21. The previous upper age limit of 35 has been removed—acknowledging that development continues throughout a musician’s life time.

Help Musicians Northern Ireland (HMNI) was launched in November 2016 to support musicians across the country. Since opening its Belfast office, HMNI has launched schemes to support, sustain and grow the music infrastructure in Northern Ireland. One such programme, 3:3 Three Bands in Three Years, has already supported a selection of key emerging talent in Northern Ireland, including ROE, The Wood Burning Savages, and Sam Wicks. 

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.”

Claire Gevaux, 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.”

More details here:

Fusion, region-specific, application dates

Applications open
Round one deadline
Round two application deadline
Northern Ireland
01 Aug
11 Sept
23 Oct
13 Nov
01 Sept
13 Oct
1 Dec
19 Jan
02 Jan
23 Feb
2 April
11 May 



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