Help Musicians have done a lot of great work since expanding into Northern Ireland a couple of years ago. Many of the opportunities available through Help Musicians UK are available through their Northern Ireland branch, including their Transmission Fund for musicians. The deadline for this round of applications is fast approaching this Friday 29th June.
“The Transmission Fund is designed to help you build your career by providing grants of £500 – £1500 to fund opportunities allowing you to focus on developing your artistic and professional development at a crucial point in your career. We can support opportunities such as short courses, workshops, training and time limited periods of coaching with an expert in your field both in the UK or internationally. We know that careers differ, so that crucial point could come when you need to focus on your technique several years after graduating from conservatoire or being on the road with your band.”
Artists including Joshua Burnside and Rebekah Fitch have benefited in various ways from the flexible funding provided by the scheme. There’s sure to be opportunities on the horizon for Northern Irish acts that would benefit from the Transmission Fund but you’ll need to hurry up with the deadline for this round ending 29th June. Another round will close for deadlines on 28 September as well. The fund can support opportunities such as short courses, workshops, training and time limited periods of coaching with an expert in your field both in the UK or internationally.
To apply you must be:
- Aged over 21
- Based primarily in the UK and be eligible to work here
- Have been resident in the UK for at least 3 consecutive years
- In financial need and without significant backing
- You must already have an active career to apply to this fund and we want to support those who can demonstrate the following: exceptional ability within their discipline, high quality musical output, regularly working (performances, commissions, releases) at a professional level (getting paid for your work), achievement or the potential to achieve a national or international impact, an impressive track record and demonstrates an entrepreneurial spirit and dedication toward their career.
If applying as a group:
- 50% must meet the criteria as above
- You must have been established and playing together regularly for at least 2 year
For further details on how to apply, head to the Help Musicians UK website.