Finding funding for music projects can be tough but opportunities are out there. We hope that the following page will show you where to look and make navigating the many funding options available a little easier - remember to check out the Help Musicians opportunities here.
Where can I find project funding?
The main providers of project funding for musicians are the PRS for Music Foundation and the UK’s arts councils (Arts Council England, Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Wales, Arts Council of Northern Ireland)
Arts Councils offer many different funding schemes, below are a few examples of grants that cover music projects and are open for all to apply:
- Arts Council England - Grants for the Arts
- Arts Council Wales - Arts grants for creative professionals
- Creative Scotland - Open Funding
Specific grants will have different rules but funding can be sought for assistance with research and development, creating new work for production or touring, training, mentoring and continuing professional development, and business and market development.
The PRS for Music Foundation are entirely music focused and also offer a range of schemes to artists and groups of all genres. One example being the Momentum Music fund which offers grants of £5k-£15k for artists and bands to break through to the next level of their career.
It is also worth taking a look at the BPI Music Growth Export scheme.
Help Musicians UK also offer funding opportunities to emerging artists who are already making an impact in their field. Our current opportunities can be found here.
For more funding ideas the Arts Council England provides a guide to ‘Other Sources of Funding’ listing other organisations which fund the arts or you can use our very own Help Musicians UK Funding Wizard.
Rules, criteria and deadlines for all funding schemes can vary from year to year. We recommend visiting the websites of the individual funding organisations which will provide up to date information.
Advice on making funding applications
Funding is always very competitive, and it is important to think carefully about whether it is the right time to be applying. Always read the guidelines carefully to be sure that you’re eligible and that what you’re applying for is appropriate for the specific funding scheme. To help you with this process the Creative Programme team have put together their top tips for applying for funding.
For further general advice on funding for music projects – be that recording, touring, promotion or something else, there are plenty of resources to help you. Music Tank have published ‘Easy Money? The Definitive UK Guide To Funding Music Projects’ which can be downloaded for a fee from their website. If you are applying for the Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts scheme, Fresh On the Net provide a beginners’ guide.
Crowd funding for your project
Many musicians are using crowd-funding platforms to engage their fanbase and get financial backing for their projects. There is plenty of advice available and many success stories. Creative Choices provides a general overview on crowdfunding for the arts and there are some helpful tips on The DIY Musician and Ditto Music.
Popular crowdfunding platforms for musicians include: