Talent Programme Manager Tim Foxon rounds up a busy year for the team, and looks ahead to 2015
Tim Foxon
Talent Programme Manager
19th December 2014
Talent Programme Manager Tim Foxon rounds up a busy year for the team, and looks ahead to 2015

It seems like only a few weeks ago I was writing one of the first ever blog posts for Help Musicians UK, shortly after we’d rebranded. That was back in January, and we’re now at the end of our first year under the new name.

Since then, the Talent Programme Team have organised more than 200 auditions, handled nearly 700 applications, and made 162 awards ranging from £500 to £5,000. Including group members, at least 250 musicians benefited from these grants. We also supported a range of artist development projects delivered by partner organisations, with more than 400 musicians participating.

However, the work we do is about much more than just the numbers. What really inspires us is the difference our help can make to the careers of emerging artists, and seeing them succeed. From helping with the escalating costs of postgraduate study, to enabling bands to get vital but expensive studio time, or offering seed funding to get new creative endeavours off the ground, we’re thrilled to be supporting such a range of musical activity. Browse our directory of artists to read more about the musicians and projects we’ve helped.

This year saw us invest in new partnerships with composers’ organisation Sound and Music, getting behind their Next Wave programme, and MilapFest’s Tarang, the national ensemble for Indian Music. We’re also about to launch a new partnership with renowned folk music promoters The Nest Collective – more on this soon.

Alongside these national partnerships, we also launched our new Artist Development Partners initiative, selecting five new organisations based around the UK who will receive funding to invest in emerging artists in their region. A new way for us to support some fantastic upcoming songwriters and bands who might otherwise not be on our radar.

Looking ahead to 2015, there are exciting plans in the pipeline. We’ll be redeveloping our Emerging Excellence Awards into new, more targeted, strands of support for musicians, building on the best elements of the scheme but avoiding the pitfalls of a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach. We’ll also be introducing a new regular e-newsletter for emerging artists, highlighting recent news, funding opportunities and career resources. We’ll also be expanding our network of industry advisors and finding new ways to bring musicians together to meet each other and get expert advice.

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