Emerging Excellence Awards
The Emerging Excellence Awards offer grants of up to £3,000 to help fund your development at the start of your career. Whether you're an unsigned band, a classical string quartet, a singer-songwriter or an urban performer - if you have the talent, these awards could be for you.
Who can apply?
- Musicians (including composers) and groups in the early stages of their career - usually the first 3 years
- You must have a genuine commitment to building a career in music
- You will be considered excellent by those in your field and will be making an impact on that scene
- You should be able to show that you need help financially
- You will be over 18
- You will be British or have lived in the UK for at least five consecutive years
- You will be based primarily in the UK
- When a group is applying, most members must meet the age and nationality criteria
recent recipients of the Emerging Excellence Awards.
What can you apply for?
You can apply for an important development opportunity, project or programme of activity that will have a lasting impact on your professional career. The minimum grant is £500 and the maximum available is £3,000.
Previously supported projects have included:
- creative residencies
- collaborations with other artists
- live multimedia productions
- national and international touring
Applications can include more than one type of activity as long as they are complementary and part of a coherent development plan. We are looking for a high level of entrepreneurialism and music that stands apart from the crowd.
How to apply
Download the full guidelines.
Stage 1 Application Form.
There is a
two-stage application process. Your application will be assessed for eligibility by Musicians Benevolent Fund staff and considered by independent panels of musicians and music industry advisors.
online form, you should submit your biography and a short proposal stating why we should invest in you right now, an outline of your proposed project and two audio or visual tracks. If you don't have any suitable recordings, please
get in touch to discuss alternative ways to support your application.
You must also ask an experienced music professional to support your application by providing a
reference. All materials must be received by the closing date.
We will notify you within four weeks if you have been shortlisted for Stage 2.
You will be asked to submit a more detailed proposal and budget. If we have selected you for interview, you will be given the opportunity to pitch for a grant of up to £3,000. Other shortlisted applicants will be able to apply for up to £1,500.
- Deadline for Stage 1 applications:
9am on Monday 6 January 2014.
- Shortlisting for Stage 2 complete by
Friday 31 January 2014.
- Deadline for Stage 2 applications:
9am on Monday 17 February 2014.
- Final decisions by
Friday 7 March 2014.
For more information, please e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org. We are unable to offer detailed guidance to applicants but can advise on eligibility.
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