Fusion Fund now open in Scotland

Scottish Artists Inspire New Collaboration Fund  

Help Musicians UK, the leading independent music charity, has launched an exciting new fund – with grants of up to £5,000 available for creative collaborations, and research and development – is now open for Scotland-based artists.

Developed from a series of industry roundtables earlier this year in Scotland, the Fusion Fund is designed to give musicians and ensembles the much-needed chance to develop and test new work, ideas or potential career directions across different creative sectors, art forms and disciplines.

  • Grants between £2,000 – £5,000 to support cross-disciplinary, collaborative, and research and development projects
  • Open to Scotland-based musicians and ensembles. Closes on Friday, 13 October
  • Applicants must be over the age of 21 (no upper age limit)

Claire Gevaux, Creative Programme Director said:  “Clear feedback from musicians in Scotland showed that while artists were interested in collaborative projects, they lacked the opportunity, time and space to realise these ambitions. This fund will support and empower musicians to push the boundaries of what they do as creators or performers, exploring or testing something that they may not have been able to achieve without support.

“Through launching the Fusion Fund for the first Scottish round, we hope to see many success stories for musicians in all genres and at any stage of their careers.”

The fund is open to professional and emerging professional musicians of all genres and disciplines. Applicants can include solo instrumentalists, conductors, composers, vocalists, singer songwriters or multidisciplinary artists.

Applications are open from Friday, 1 September until Friday, 13 October.

For any enquiries, please contact [email protected]

 

Help Musicians Develop Fund

Help Musicians Develop stems from reviews of the Career Development Bursary scheme, which from 2015-2017 funded 113 artists by investing in innovation across artistic practice. From tuba players to electronic music producers, recipients have benefitted from residencies in Banff and mentoring with an inspiring teacher.

The Fund will see a £270,000 investment over the next 18 months and will allow artists to take stock professionally and creatively through two distinct strands – Fusion and Transmission.

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