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.
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.”
“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:
Duncan Strachan (Maxwell Quartet)