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Funding news - 22/08/2017

Launch of The Fusion Fund for Professional Musicians to Develop and Test New Work

Financial support for professional musicians to undertake UK-based projects that develop and test new work, ideas or potential career directions.

Help Musicians UK (HMUK) has launched the Fusion Fund, providing financial support for professional musicians to undertake UK-based projects that develop and test new work, ideas or potential career directions through inspiring periods of collaborative research and development.

HMUK is looking for collaborations that create work across art forms, creative sectors and other disciplines. Applications must be music-focused and projects should include contributions from at least one non-music discipline, for example storytellers, lighting designers, choreographers, technologists, scientists, gaming designers, theatre directors, visual artists etc. The funder is also interested in seeing applications that consider ‘unusual and extraordinary spaces’ to show work to new audiences.

The Fusion Fund can award between £2,000 and £5,000 per application. Within the application, applicants may include costs for the following:

  • Venue and rehearsal space costs
  • Recording costs (live or documentation)
  • Travel costs
  • Access costs
  • Accommodation costs
  • Subsistence
  • Fees for musicians, artists or collaborators time to allow for the project to happen
  • Any other reasonable costs associated with the project

The fund is open to professional and emerging professional musicians of all genres and disciplines. The applicant can be a solo instrumentalist, conductor, composer, vocalist, singer songwriter or a multidisciplinary artist. HMUK can also support bands or ensembles with six members or fewer.

There are multiple deadlines with a geographical focus. Applications from those in Northern Ireland are currently being invited, with a Round One deadline of 11 September 2017. Those in Scotland may apply from 1 September until 13 October 2017. For England, the Fund opens in January 2018, and dates for Wales have yet to be announced.

See the programme website for more details.

Source: helpmusicians.org.uk, 22/08/2017

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