Help Musicians UK’s Transmission Fund celebrates genre diversity

The Creative Programme is always working to support Help Musicians UK’s aim to have no single genre dominating the charity’s activities. Since September last year, the Transmission Fund has supported 50 musicians of every defined genre from Electronica to Country Folk, investing £60,000 in musicians’ professional development.

The eleven artists supported through round three of the Transmission Fund represent a vast range of musical styles: Alternative, Contemporary Classical, Classical, Pop, Opera, Chamber, Jazz, World and Experimental.

Sam Beste is an Alternative Producer who will be using his funding for coaching sessions with industry-renowned Mixing Engineer Mikko Gordon. Mikko has worked with artists such as Thom Yorke, Matthew Herbert, Atoms For Peace, Actress and Kamasi Washington. Sam will take the skills learnt from Mikko to record his own solo album next year. He had this to say about the Transmission Fund:

“This Transmission funding will enable me to receive expert coaching in audio engineering at a critical time in my career development. I am eternally grateful for this funding as I would not have been able to take up this opportunity without it.” 

See below a full list of the recipients of round three of the Transmission Fund and information on the next round of applications.

Sam Beste

Sam will undertake coaching sessions with Mikko Gordon in Mix Engineering and use these skills to record his solo album.

Mikko teaches Mix Engineering at Goldsmiths and has helped record Thom Yorke, Matthew Herbert, Atoms For Peace, Actress and Kamasi Washington.

Matthew Grouse

Matthew has been invited onto the 2018 Darmstadt Summer Courses Electric Guitar Etude Project. This specific invitation entails writing a new etude for electric guitar as part of a series of 12 short works, commissioned and performed by Yaron, in the festival. This will culminate in a half an hour long recorded album.

Hanna Grzeskiewicz

As part of The Hermes Experiment (a contemporary quartet made up of harp, clarinet, voice and double bass), Hanna will undertake a four-day residency in the north of France, Saint-Siméon in Normandy.

They will be joined by acclaimed cellist, composer and improviser Zoë Martlew for the first two days who will be their mentor for the residency, and use the following two days to hone and develop what they learned from Zoe.

Tsvetelina Likova

Tsvetelina will have private lessons with the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance teacher, Gabriella Dall’Olio in London and around eight online lessons with Bulgarian harpist Angela Madjarova.

Natalie McCool

Natalie will undertake a 6-week course in the music production software Logic X at Garnish Studios in London, using the fund for course fees and travel and accommodation into London.

"The Transmission fund is a vital step in developing my production and recording skills, and I am confident it will positively impact my artistry in an inspirational way. Thank you!” – Natalie McCool

Lawrence Whitehead

Lawrence has secured funding support for his place on the Mix With The Masters seminar (Studio La Fabrique, Avignon, France, 13–19 May 2018), under the tutelage of Academy Award-winning film-score engineer, Shawn Murphy.

Jonathan May

Jonathan will visit the USA to observe the teaching at Northwestern University, Bienen School of Music of the Vocal Pedagogue with W. Steven  Smith, one of the most respected singing pedagogues in the USA. He has a distinguished list of students achieving success at the highest level, perhaps his most famous being Joyce di Donato.

Emily Pond

The Fitzroy Quartet will spend one week with mentor Oliver Wille, 2nd Violinist of the Kuss Quartet, on a masterclass course. The course will take place in Roussillon, South of France.

Carrie Baxter

Carrie has been offered a writing opportunity by Palmer Global Ink in partnership with Tileyard Music Studios London. Allen Palmer, CEO of Palmer Global Ink has offered the opportunity to a select group of musicians to travel to Tennessee, Nashville for five days to attend a private writing session with his in-house writers, some of whom have worked with prestigious world class acts such as Drake.

Noga Ritter

Noga will attend a one-month residency in Senegal, working with a band of local musicians in preparation for a performance at the Saint Louis Jazz Festival. During the residency Noga aims to arrange original songs with the band and add West African rhythms and traditional instruments.

Anneka Warburton

Anneka will attend a music residency running at WORM, an Institute for Avantgarde Recreation in Rotterdam, where she will write and experiment with new music and create field recordings in the city.

The Transmission Fund exists to open doors to opportunities. It could be that course you’ve always wanted to take, coaching sessions with a guitarist you’ve always dreamt of playing like, or learning more about the country where your art form was born. Read our interview with Bex Burch.

Thinking about applying? The deadline for the next round is 30 March - apply here.

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