Emerging Excellence Awards Announced

The Musicians Benevolent Fund has awarded financial grants to fresh talent across a variety of genres through the latest round of Emerging Excellence Awards. 

Following a successful pilot round in 2012 which saw 18 projects supported with grants ranging from £1,000 to £4,000, the latest round of funding will help a further 28 talented young musicians and groups to progress to the next step in their career.

Seven outstanding applicants were awarded the highest grants after a pitching session to music industry insiders and experts including percussionist Joby Burgess, composer and producer Mira Calix, cellist and vocalist Matthew Sharp, and publisher Paulette Long.

Musicians who received the top awards include avant-pop marching band Perhaps Contraption, Scottish electronic musician Rudi Zygadlo and Bristol-based jazz group Moonlight Saving Time. Other artists receiving awards include Cosmodelic Afro-Punk group United Vibrations, who will use their award to fund a mini tour of Europe and Richard Uttley, classical pianist, who will collaborate with a video artist for his next recital.

Paulette Long said: "In its second year, the Emerging Excellence Awards are an excellent opportunity for new artists to have a chance to talk about their submitted proposal. The artistic standard of all applicants was very high, and it was a joy to participate in assisting those successful individuals as they take the next step in their creative and professional development"

The Emerging Excellence Awards will re-open for applications in May 2013.

Awards were offered to:

ACM Ensemble
Adam Clifford
Edit-Point
The Adamski Kid (Adam Karayiannis)
Conrad Kira
David Lawrie
Dominic Marshall
Drop Out Venus 
Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch
Emma-Jean Thackray
Fiona Rutherford 
Gregor Riddell 
Harrison Ensemble
J’Danna
Jodie Vs Everyone
Joseph Houston
Laurence Made Me Cry (Jo Whitby)
Moonlight Saving Time 
Perhaps Contraption
Phoenix Clarinet Quartet 
Richard Uttley 
Rudi Zygadlo 
Sadie Fields 
Sounding Motion
Syzygy Saxophone Quartet
Teotima Ensemble
United Vibrations 
2 Morrows Victory

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