First 19 artists to be supported by the transmission fund announced

Help Musicians UK is excited to announce the first ever recipients of the Transmission Fund. Transmission is designed to support musicians and improve their professional and artistic skills at a pivotal point in their career. 19 awards have been granted across genre and discipline, with a range of people of different ages having applied.

The fund’s new guidelines recognise that professional development doesn’t have an upper age limit. We are delighted that 40% of the fund’s successful applicants are aged over 35, such as composer Philip Herbert who, with a wealth orchestral experience behind him, will be studying composition for film, TV and screen.

Alongside Philip we are funding folk duo Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage, who will use their funding to attend ‘Sore Fingers’ Europe’s foremost and most-respected old-time and bluegrass music camp. 

Singer and beatboxer, and Emerging Artist Fund alumni Grace Savage, who undertakes a music production course with the aim of taking ownership of every aspect of the songwriting process.

Bex Burch is an African-style percussionist and will travel to Ghana to learn from Professor Nketia, a leading master of West African music.

Opera singer Juliet Fraser says:

“The grant specifically enables intensive vocal coaching — a chance to strengthen and extend my vocal technique before returning to a busy schedule performing the most demanding new works! Every freelancer knows how difficult it is to do the maintenance work behind the scenes: huge thanks to Help Musicians UK for supporting me through this.”

Our panellists for this round included Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Opera up Close, Robin Norton-Hale, world musician, manager and producer, Ben Mandelson who notes:

 “Help Musicians UK’s Transmission Fund is a key kick-starter or career-path-unblocker opportunity for any dynamic professional performer – of any age. This Fund can help you meet your mentor, cover coaching costs and more. It’s a help-brainer – don’t miss the submission dates’

and Neil Pearson, Help Musicians UK Creative Advisory board member and artist development manager who reveals,  “It's a real privilege to be part of the panel of experts helping select the recipients of the Transmission Fund; in a field of excellent applications the awards went to a wide range of artists, covering all genres & ages, and without exception they are all undertaking amazing opportunities that have the potential to be transformational and have a permanent impact on their professional careers.”

What’s next? After a very successful first round of Transmission we are accepting applications for round two. Deadline 10 November.

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Full list of round 1 Transmission Fund recipients:

Amy Doyley

Anna Starushkevych



Bex Burch

Bex Burch


Bishi Bhattacharya

Duncan Strachan (Maxwell Quartet)

 Maxwell Quartet

Emma Stannard

 Emma Stannard

Francesca Ter-Berg

Grace Savage

 Grace Savage

Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage

 Hannah Sanders

Harry Ogg

Jen Hill

Joshua Burnside

Juliet Fraser

 Juliet Fraser

Kate Halsall

Kelly Lovelady

Philip Herbert

Philip Herbert 

Robyn Allegra Parton

Signy Jakobsdottir

Sam Brown

Sam Brown

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