Two musicians in a studio talking

Meet the artists we’re supporting from March as they begin to bring their future plans to life

Support to develop careers 

Musicians face a whole host of complex challenges throughout their career, and providing support to develop skills and empower them as they build their careers is more important than ever. 

From March 2023 we’re supporting a further 49 musicians to record debut EPs, build PR campaigns and take their music to a live audience. 

Calista Kazuko supported with touring and live 

From taking music on tour to playing the main stage 

This round of creative awards sees 12 artists being supported to take their music on tour and perform live, including Calista Kazuko.

Calista first received support from us back in 2021 so that she and playwright Stephanie Martin could write their first full length musical. Now the show is finished Calista is receiving support to pay the musicians for three weeks rehearsal time and a two-week performance run at the Studio at The Other Palace Theatre. 

Receiving this award means the world to us. To see our show, four years in the making, come to life on the main stage at such a prestigious theatre and at this scale is a dream come true.”
Calista Kazuko | supported with touring and live

Ben Cutler supported with record and release 

Ben Cutler is receiving support to record and release his debut EP, Break The Ice, enabling him to work with producers, session musicians and photographers across Northern Ireland. The most difficult aspect of being an independent artist is self-funding projects. This is where Help Musicians will be a lifeline”. 

Ben told us he’s also looking forward to the business advice sessions, so that he can become more knowledgeable on the touring and live side of the industry. 

Chess Galea supported to join a song writing camp 

Support to grow through training, mentorship or other learning opportunities 

Skills and professional development support provides artists with the opportunity to enhance their skills or artistic practice. This month eight musicians will be using the support, utilising an abundance of development opportunities. 

For Chess Galea, previously taking time off from paid gigging work to pursue a songwriting career has been a struggle. But through our skills and development support she can attend a five-day songwriting camp abroad. 

It means so much to be supported by Help Musicians on my journey to become a top songwriter. It gives me validation, confidence and of course a financial support that makes the process that much easier and obtainable.”
Chess Galea | supported with skills and development

Looking to push your music career forward? 

If you’re a musician looking to release new music, arrange a live event or work on developing your skills, opportunities for support from Help Musicians are always available.