What is the Transmission Fund?
The Transmission Fund provides grants of £500 - £1,500 to fund opportunities that focus on developing your creative practice and furthering your professional development at a crucial point in your career. We know that musicians’ career paths can vary greatly and the point at which to apply will be unique to everyone. We can support opportunities such as short courses, workshops, training and short-term periods of mentoring with an expert in your field, either in the UK or internationally.
Who can apply?
The fund is open to emerging and professional musicians of all genres and disciplines. As an individual you may be an instrumentalist, composer, producer, conductor, vocalist or singer-songwriter etc. We can also support bands or ensembles consisting of 6 members or less. To apply you must:
· Be aged over 18
· Have been resident in the UK for at least 3 consecutive years
· Be in financial need and without significant backing
· Already have an active career and be able to clearly 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)
- An impressive track record with notable career highlights and the potential to achieve a national or international impact with your field
- An entrepreneurial spirit and dedication toward a career as a musician
If applying as a group
· 50% must meet the criteria as above
· You must have been established and playing together regularly for at least 1 year
What can we fund?
Through the Transmission Fund we can support the following activities:
· Tailored development opportunities such as workshops, artist residencies, conferences, masterclasses, writing retreats and short courses
· Short periods of training and mentoring with a leading professional in your field to improve your creative practice or offer support and advice ahead of an important career opportunity (eg. a period of touring or recording)
· We can fund travel, accommodation and access costs relating to the above
· Opportunities must be primarily focused on developing a career as a musician
What can’t we fund?
Below are the activities considered ineligible under this fund. Please read thoroughly, for if you apply for any of the below your application will be automatically rejected and will not be shortlisted.
· Activities commencing prior to the funding period. Please check the table of dates under “How to Apply” in section 7. We cannot fund retrospectively and require a short buffer period following the results date to finalise grant payment schedules.
· The fund is for individual musicians and groups and we are unable to fund organisations
· Activities that are not primarily focused on developing a career as a musician
· Activities incurred as part of a promotional campaign (this includes PR, production of merchandise, creating music videos, manufacture and distribution etc)
· Formal courses of study, training or research (this includes undergraduate study, postgraduate study, year-long courses, PhD study)
· Regular 1-1 lessons
· Purchase of musical equipment, production and composition software/hardware, performance related technology
· Purchase or hiring costs of vehicles
· Recording costs (studio hire, engineering, mixing, mastering)
· Commissioning costs
· Touring costs
· Attendance as a performer at showcases already supported by the International Showcase Fund or similar funding opportunities in the nations (SXSW, CMJ, A3C, Womex, Reeperbahn, Folk Alliance International, Canadian Music Week)
· Costs associated with entering competitions
· Opportunities already funded by Help Musicians UK through our network of partners.
· Although we won’t exclude applications that are asking us to contribute to a wider project, Transmission funding shouldn’t be seen as a top up fund for larger funding bids
Please note you can only receive support from the Transmission Fund once in a 12-month period. For details of other funding opportunities, both HMUK led and external, please visit our Funding Wizard
How to apply
Please read the application guidelines in full before preparing your application
There are multiple deadlines per year and decisions will usually be made within 4 weeks of the application deadline. Remember that we cannot fund retrospectively please check when the funding period begins upon making your application.
Funding period begins
Tuesday 8 July
Monday 5 August
Wednesday 28 August
Monday 9 September
Applications are submitted through an online form. You will be asked to provide a biography outlining both your artistic and career achievements to date along with details of the specific career development opportunity you wish to apply for (including information regarding the costs incurred by this opportunity).
You will be required to provide supporting evidence of your music in the form of recordings, videos and weblinks.
You must also supply a reference from a reputable musician or music professional within your field not connected with your application.
All materials including your reference must be received by the closing date otherwise your application will be ineligible.
Please note you can only receive one Transmission Fund grant per 12-month period