WHAT IS THE FUSION FUND?
The Fusion Fund offers £2,000 – £5,000 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.
Update 11 June 2020
Over the last few months Help Musicians has developed and launched a number of funding programmes in response to the Coronavirus outbreak in order to support musicians in hardship, as well as delivering some adapted rounds of our existing Creative Programme opportunities in order to support musicians' creative endeavours over this challenging time.
We have received unprecedented numbers of applications across this period (over 20,000 in total) and our teams continue to work processing thousands of applications for long-term hardship support. As a Charity which provides musicians with a lifetime of support when they need it the most, this must be our priority for the coming months.
With this in mind, we have decided not to reopen the Fusion Fund until early 2021.
Thank you for your understanding
We are looking for exciting collaborations that create work across art forms, creative sectors and other disciplines. This is a research and development funding scheme. Something new must be created throughout this period of collaboration. 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. We are also interested in seeing applications that consider unusual and extraordinary spaces to show work to new audiences.
There should be tangible results of the collaboration, such as a body of work created for an upcoming recording or a new performance. Overall, the project should push the boundaries of what you do as a music creator or performer, exploring or testing something that you are not currently able to achieve without support.
Deadlines, eligibility criteria and further details can be found within the Application Guidelines.
Once you have read the Application Guidelines, please complete the online application form. If you would like to see the application questions in advance of completing the online form, please download the blank application form.
You are required to tell us about your achievements so far and put forward a draft project plan proposal for your chosen project. You should include a budget and an explanation as to why this chosen project will be beneficial for your career development. You will be required to provide supporting evidence of your music in the form of recordings, videos and weblinks.
Applications now closed
If you are successful, the project end date must be within 18 months of receiving your funding.
You must also supply a reference from an eminent musician or music professional not connected with your project. Your reference must be submitted in advance of the deadlines detailed above. Please click on the link and share this with your referee for them to complete.
If you have an idea that you think fits with the scheme, you can find out more by booking a phone advice session with Creative Programme Officer, Bex. Please read through the guidelines before your session.
To secure a place for a 15-minute discussion of your idea please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0207 239 9119.