We are very proud to announce we have awarded 20 organisations an incredible £1.7m in funding over three years through a new National Grants Programme—a initiative aimed at creating opportunities for and empowering musicians in their careers across the whole of the UK.
In a landscape where grants for the music industry have been dissipating, Help Musicians UK have bucked the trend by doubling their commitment and wholeheartedly supporting innovation and creativity. Today, the charity has delivered on its ambitions and reinvigorated key areas of the industry with carefully selected grants across the UK. With the National Grants Programme, HMUK has been able to support a nationwide network of leading artistic organisations and meet the need by substantially upping its funding commitments from previous years.
Each recipient has been selected for their exceptional work with musicians and music makers across the country—from music education and artistic development projects to centres and festivals, these organisations are shaping and nurturing talent in their communities across a range of genres, age groups and career stages; reflecting HMUK’s vision of a world where music thrives.
In its first year, The National Grants Programme received over 100 high-quality applications from organisations across the whole of the UK, from Belfast to Edinburgh to Bristol and Yorkshire.
Richard Robinson, Chief Executive added: “Supporting and enabling these organisations to develop and grow reflects HMUK’s commitment to sustaining the sector and ensuring that there continues to be innovative and impactful opportunities for music makers across the UK. The combined investment of £1.7m over three years will ensure that more musicians can be reached in areas of the UK where we have had little impact in the past.”
Claire Gevaux, Creative Director added: “Making a change to a competitive application process has been challenging and exciting. Our independent Creative Advisory Board ensured the process was fair and transparent. We are delighted to be supporting these 20 organisations that will open doors for many more musicians over the next three years in this crucial time of uncertainty. We have been on an incredible journey over the past year creating and opening up our new funding programme for organisations which will realise our ambitions over the next five years.”
The National Grants Programme applications were assessed on a variety of criteria including the opportunities applicants offered to musicians as well as their own impact on the sector. To support the decision making, a Creative Advisory Board of independent experts from across the sector gave advice and guidance to the process.
Congratulations to the 20 organisations supported through the National Grants Programme:
- Brighter Sound
- Oh Yeah Music Centre
- Bristol Music Trust
- Philharmonia Orchestra
- Drake Music
- PUNCH RECORDS
- English Folk Dance and Song Society
- Scottish Music Information Centre Limited
- Gloucestershire Music Makers
- Serious Events Limited
- Higher Rhythm Ltd
- Snape Maltings (formerly Aldeburgh Music)
- Lancaster Jazz Festival
- Sound City (Liverpool)
- Manchester Jazz Festival
- Sound Festival
- National Opera Studio
- Spitalfields Festival
- National Youth Jazz Orchestra
- Young Classical Artists Trust
To read more about all the organisations please go here.