Fusion Fund supports 11 collaborative projects adapted for social distancing climate

Fusion R1 2020

From left to right: Alex Roth, Bethan Langford, Alex Mills, Su Shaw (SHHE).

Help Musicians will be supporting 11 musicians to collaborate with creators from other artistic disciplines in the current social distancing climate through the first round of Fusion Fund for 2020.

In this round, applications were welcomed that explored the use of remote, digital or online collaboration tools or performance spaces, such as Skype rehearsals or live streamed performance. Projects funded include a remote, interdisciplinary orchestra, a digital immersion piece combining synthesised voices and lyric-responsive visuals, and a film of two artists using a car to make music.

The Fusion Fund offers £2,000 – £5,000 for professional musicians to experiment, develop and test new work through collaborating with other artists of a non-musical discipline.

Awardee Sian O’Gorman, whose group NYX – Electronic Drone Choir will be collaborating with a poet and a visual artist to produce a digital immersion piece, said: “Receiving this award now opens up a whole new world of creating and expanding our collaborative practice remotely. We are all moving through this process of physical separation together, and the spaces we take care of each other and support ourselves has shifted. The Fusion Fund offers us room to develop new modes of connection, expression, and artistic interdependence.”

Awardee Christopher Cundy, who will develop a series of radio programmes exploring the historical sounds of Gloucester Cathedral with a poet, sound artist, historians and archivists, said: “Receiving this award has meant that I will be able to adjust to working from home during the 2020 coronavirus pandemic towards a project that involves a diverse community of artists and experts. The award allows me to expand my practice into new and exciting research areas during a time when live performances have become non-existent.”

The full list of recipients for this round includes Joshua Burnside, Christopher Cundy, John Elliott (The Little Unsaid), Bethan Langford, Alex Mills, Zara Nunn, Sian O’Gorman (NYX- Electronic Drone Choir), Alex Roth, Christopher Ryan (Chris W Ryan / SORBET), Su Shaw (SHHE), and Kathryn Williams.

Do you have a project idea that involves collaborating with other non-musical art forms and can be adapted to a climate of social distancing? The next round of Fusion Fund closes June 1. If you are thinking about applying, feel free to book a 15-minute chat with our Creative Team to talk through your idea -email creative@helpmusicians.org.uk or call 0207 239 9119.

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