Fusion Fund supports more cross-disciplinary projects in 2019

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From left to right: Rose Hall, Vokxen, Alex Ho. 

Ten inspiring new collaborative projects by UK musicians have been funded by the first 2019 round of Help Musicians UK’s Fusion Fund.

The artists being supported will be collaborating with a range of art forms and disciplines, including contemporary dance, visual art, puppetry and food art.

The Fusion Fund offers professional musicians £2,000 - £5,000 to undertake music-centred projects that cross into other art forms. In the past, the Fund has supported plays, audio-visual events, documentaries and operas and has even helped musicians collaborate with kite-makers, scientists, poets, playwrights, choreographers and more.

Rose Hall, who will be collaborating with a director and librettist to create a new vocal score, said: "I am so thankful to receive help from the Fusion Fund. The support means we can workshop the first draft of the vocal score of 'Dead Equal' with the cast, music director, director and librettist all in the same room. For such a significant work in the development of my career and place in the contemporary opera world, the workshop presents an exciting opportunity for input from the whole company towards the end of the writing process."

Liz Johnson wrote: “The Fusion Fund will allow me to work for the first time with film maker Oli Clark, creating short documentaries revealing the creative process for my new multi-disciplinary work ‘Scintilla’ in which I am collaborating with choreographer Dane Hurst and poet David Hart. Scintilla explores issues around isolation and mental health. I will be composing new material, inspired by the existing choreography recently created for me by Dane Hurst, to expand the work further with new music for drumkit and percussion. The films will be released in Autumn 2019 via the British Music Collection.”

Bex Ransom, Help Musicians UK Creative Programme Officer, said: “Launched in 2017, the Fusion Fund exists to support the research and development of cross-disciplinary projects that all have music at the core. Help Musicians wants a world where musicians thrive, and the three Fusion funding rounds across the year help us to achieve that vision.”

The full list of artists funded this round includes Alex Ho, Ben McDonnell, VOKXEN, Clare Elton, Emily Peasgood, Jacob Thompson-Bell, Liz Johnson, Michael Begg, Richard Phoenix and Rose Hall.

Do you have a project that collaborates with other art forms? Fusion Fund is currently accepting applications, with the next funding round closing 17 June. If you are thinking about applying, get in touch with our Creative team to talk through your idea or watch some our supported Fusion artists speak about their projects.

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