From left to right: Shakira Alleyene, Madi Saskia, Mark Cake and NEOne
Nine new artists have been selected for Year 5 of the talent discovery and artist development scheme supported by Help Musicians, Future Bubblers.
This announcement marks five years of collaborative artist development between Help Musicians and Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Music.
Each supported artist will receive a £1,000 bursary from Help Musicians to help fund their creative practice. The funding can support opportunities for knowledge and skill development, such as coaching, recording, live act development, promotion or the purchase of equipment.
On top of this, the artists will also have access to fully subsidised specialist ear assessment and protection on offer through the Musicians’ Hearing Health Scheme. This forms a part of Help Musicians’ integrated offer of grant support, business advice and health and wellbeing services.
Year 5 Future Bubbler NEOne said: Receiving this award has given me the right encouragement to believe in my craft and really go for it! it's difficult trying to figure out the right moves to make in life especially when conflicted between what you're passionate about and trying to earn a living to survive. Opportunities like this make the passion seem far more worthwhile.
Year 5 Future Bubbler Madi Saskia said: Receiving this award means everything to me. That’s probably really cliché, but it does. I’m always used to being second best and I never really go for things like this, but thanks to Future Bubblers and Help Musicians I got the push I needed. I’ve always wrote and sung music inside the comforts of my bedroom, but to get the help I need to help it reach further than four walls at home and Birmingham means a lot. I was and still am so grateful for the opportunity to apply and be considered for this funding.
Future Bubblers is an expansion of the Gilles Peterson and Brownswood Music network aimed to discover and nurture musical talent from across the UK. The scheme provides an inclusive network of resources for up-and-coming artists and offers them the opportunity to partner up with prominent industry mentors.
Find out more about the Future Bubblers scheme here.
Help Musicians wouldn’t be able to support the musicians funded through its Creative Programme or supported through its Health and Welfare service without the generous donations from fundraisers. To see how you could make a difference to the charity and the musicians it helps, visit our supporter pages here.