46 acts supported by latest round of Help Musicians’ adapted Do It Differently Fund

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Help Musicians is supporting a further 46 acts with creative funding, business advice and health support in round two of the Covid-19 adapted Do It Differently Fund.

Each awardee has clearly reimagined the ways in which they will create and collaborate during this uncertain time when the lifting of lockdown and social distancing measures remains unclear.

Projects funded in this round include an interactive EP accompanied by animated music videos, the recording of new music that incorporates a fan ‘virtual choir’ and the releasing and remote recordings of a series of guitar trio compositions.

Awardees have also demonstrated a clear entrepreneurial approach to their work by adapting the promotional and marketing aspects of their projects to the current climate. The Do It Differently package of support offers business guidance to bolster this thinking, delivered by one-to-one by music industry business advisors, coordinated by ThinkMusic. Recipients will each receive a fully subsidised Pro Membership to Featured Artist Coalition, and the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine’s offer of online education tools will help support their health and wellbeing.

Awardee Constant Follower said: “Finding out that Constant Follower were the recipients of Help Musicians’ Do It Differently Fund couldn’t have come at a better time. The music for our debut album, ‘Neither Is, Nor Ever Was’, was completed, but our savings, such as they were, were decimated by recording costs... And then of course, Covid-19 removed any hope of live performance fees to cover the costs of finalising the album to a releasable standard. Without the support of Help Musicians, we’d be in the same position as so many other artists at the moment – sitting on music which has taken years to create, without the means to release it. It’s an opportunity for which we’re incredibly grateful.”

Awardees in this round and their projects are as follows:

  • Hector Gannet, an alternative solo project and band from North Shields, will be previewing and marketing a new album through the use of vintage footage of north-east England
  • Acantha Lang, an R&B/ soul singer from London, will be creating an online marketing strategy to grow her fanbase, increase her brand awareness and promote her upcoing debut single ‘He Said/ She Said’
  • Kings Cross Hot Club, a jazz six-piece from London, will be editing, mixing, mastering and releasing their album project, ‘Alice on the Moon’
  • Amy Langley, a cellist, string arranger and composer from London, will be completing three orchestral tracks that have already been recorded with a ten-piece string section, as well as creating videos for the tracks and building an online personal brand
  • Andy Garbi, a Worcestershire-based singer and composer, will be undertaking a project that involves a period of refocused creative exploration and building a digital community to facilitate new ways of sustained creative output
  • Chisara Agor, a jazz musician from London, will be creating a new folk-jazz single that will incorporate a ‘virtual choir’ of her fans’ voices
  • Dan Whitehouse, a West Midlands singer-songwriter, will be creating a five-track EP self-produced in isolation that will be supported by a promotional campaign with podcasts and videos
  • Chris Greig & The Merchants, a rock four-piece from Scotland, will be recording, mixing, mastering, and releasing four new single tracks, including the promotional content and activities surrounding each
  • One Day, After School, an indie trio from Wakefield, West Yorkshire, will be creating a range of new visual elements to add to their recording project 'The Dead Scene Poems'
  • De’Borah Powell, a London folk artist, will be releasing a single in the summer to re-emerge as a recording artist after experimenting with self-recording during quarantine
  • DD Darillo, a Welsh rock musician, will be releasing two singles each with accompanying music videos and will be utilising a PR and radio plugging company to build up his online presence
  • Ransom FA, a Scottish hip-hop/ rap artist, will be creating a single with an accompanying music video, along with professional PR and radio distribution
  • Lia Mice, an electronic producer from London, will be self-releasing a new digital album project
  • Erin Bloomer, a singer songwriter from the south of England, will be creating, releasing and promoting a brand new EP
  • Esther Taylor, a Welsh jazz musician, will record two songs with an accompanying PR and social media campaign
  • Mina & Bryte, a London producer/ MC duo, will be promoting, marketing and creating content around their forthcoming four-track EP due to be released in October 2020
  • Phobophobes, a London psych-rock six-piece, will be recording, mixing and mastering a new album
  • Jamie Leeming, a London jazz guitarist, will be remote-recording and releasing a collection of pieces for guitar trio
  • Fear of Men, a Brighton-based band, will be mixing and mastering a new album
  • Josephine Sillars, a Leeds-based pop artist from Scotland, will be making a collaborative EP that will examine the current social and political climate
  • Mera Bhai, a London electronic artist, will be releasing two EPs, three singles, and a series of remixes, DJ mixes, videos and radio/podcast appearances to launch his career as a solo artist and DJ
  • Kyan, a Cambridge R&B singer-songwriter, will be creating an EP alongside an innovative platform for fans to interact with the music, as well as animated music videos
  • Lewis Fieldhouse, a North-East Americana pop artist, will be creating an album about grieving the loss of his mother
  • Visionist, a London-based experimental composer and producer, will be creating a new album project, due to be released in August 2020 by Mute Records
  • Issermann, a London-based pop artist, will be releasing his debut album in September 2020
  • Still Shadey, a London-based rapper, will be releasing a new album with two singles
  • Max Luthert, a London jazz musician, will be producing a new EP
  • Deliah, an alternative three-piece based in London, will be creating a portfolio of songs, voice-notes and videos over the lockdown period
  • Mike Vass, a Scottish folk musician, will be collaborating with the composer Errollyn Wallen on a remote writing & recording project, ‘Lighthouse Songs’
  • Wu-Lu, an alternative/ indie artist based in London will be collaborating with experimental artists from across the UK’s jazz/urban and electronic scenes to create a series of mixtapes of innovative new music
  • Mimi Barks, a London-based hip-hop/ rap artist, will be releasing three singles and a second EP
  • Brother Zulu, an R&B/ soul five-piece based in London, will be releasing their debut EP, ‘Perfect’
  • Owain Park, a London-based composer and conductor, will be engaging professional musicians in virtual performances of contemporary works
  • Howl Quartet, a London-based jazz four-piece, will be releasing a pre-recorded album, ‘Life As We See It’, which will include the manufacturing of physical copies and an online marketing campaign
  • BECAH, a Northern Irish pop artist, will be recording, mixing and mastering a new EP project as part of her relaunch, alongside the development of artwork, promo shots and PR to engage with a wider audience
  • Faeland, a contemporary folk band from Bristol will be releasing new music and developing their online business
  • Rebekah Fitch, an Irish alternative artist based in London, will be releasing two singles with associated music videos, radio plugging, and online and press campaigns
  • Richard Murray, a Northern Irish country musician, will be self-releasing a new album
  • BAD NERVES, a powerpop/ garage punk band from Essex, will be marketing and creating merchandise for their debut album
  • Lunar Bird, a Welsh dreampop band, will be self-releasing their debut album with a professional PR and marketing campaign alongside a music video for their third single
  • Samantha Whates, a London-based folk singer songwriter, will self-record and release a new EP of five songs named ‘Alive!’
  • Gold Baby, a dreamy grunge-pop three-piece based in London, will be recording and releasing their debut five-track EP with a press campaign
  • Constant Follower, a Scottish folk artist, will be mastering and promoting the release of his debut album and singles
  • Verity Susman, a London-based composer, will be recording, editing, mixing, mastering and manufacturing her debut solo album together with a four-month digital and print press campaign
  • The Mechanicals, a West Midlands five-piece folk group, will be completing a record, ‘The Righteous Jazz’, alongside a six month PR campaign
  • Electric Fire, an electronic four-piece based in London, will be conducting a promotional campaign for their new EP ‘Buzzin’
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