From left to right: Rachel Newton, Ayanna Witter-Johnson, Jack McNeill
The latest round of the Help Musicians Transmission Fund for 2019 has rewarded 16 artists with funding for a range of exciting professional development opportunities around the world.
Most of the artists funded this round will be embarking on a short period of training and/or mentoring with a leading expert in their field, including a song writing course in Nashville led by the award-winning and prestigious songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman, a masterclass in Berlin with Maestro Grzegorz Nowak, and an intensive period of study in New York City with vocal coaches Anthony Manoli and Deb Birnbaum. Others awarded in this round will use the funding towards a concentrated period of creative development, including a residential writing and research retreat on the west coast of Scotland, and a trip to historical sites in the Chinese city Xi’an to create music influenced by the Tang Dynasty poetic tradition.
Since its launch two years ago, Help Musicians’ Transmission Fund has supported more than 150 artists and groups to take part in professional development activities across the globe. Song writing camps, composer residencies, short courses in production, masterclasses and bespoke one-on-one training are among the opportunities that have been funded so far, and applicants are encouraged to look both locally and further afield for developmental activities they think would benefit them the most. Grants of between £500 - £1500 are offered to help cover access fees, travel and accommodation costs.
The full list of acts funded this round includes Ayanna Witter-Johnson, Brigid O’Neill, Elliott Morris, Gráinne Gillis, Indira Grier, Jack McNeill, Linda Jankowska, Luke Moore, Marius Reklaitis, Michael Parr-Burman, Olly Shelton, Phoebe Haines, Rachel Newton, Rosie Middleton, Samuel Dinley and Warren Attwell.
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