"For all of us, 2020 was one of the most challenging years in our collective history, and it certainly was within the 99 year history of Help Musicians, as we enter our centenary year."
Graham Sheffield delivers a speech at the Association of British Orchestras conference 2021.
The events of March 2020 pressed pause on live music and in the classical world, orchestras across the globe downed their instruments. However, in hardship creativity can flourish, and it was during this time that violinist Ellie Consta was inspired to form UK’s first all-female and non-binary string orchestra: Her Ensemble.
In a world that can feel increasingly divided, the music community came together to help the musicians who make the music that carried us through this crisis, says James Ainscough, Help Musicians CEO.
But how do you budget for marketing and PR? There is a balance to be struck when it comes to having the right amount of ‘PR push’ within your campaign, and explaining how you will apply PR is crucial to a successful funding application, Creative Programme Officer, Barnaby Duff explains.
In 2019, at a crucial point in his career, Manchester-based Sam Healey’s punk-jazz group Skeltr received the Peter Whittingham Jazz Award. Here, Healey tells us about why he knew he was ready to apply, his audition and the positive ripple effect the Award has had on his career trajectory.
Applying for creative funding during a pandemic requires adaptability, creativity and contingency planning, Creative Programme Officer, Abi McQuater explains.