HMUK awards record number of artists in the fourth round of Transmission Fund

Help Musicians UK’s Transmission Fund is now in its fourth round of awards and is showing no signs of slowing down.

The fund is designed to develop musicians’ careers, by providing artists with grants of £500 - £1500 to fund opportunities allowing them to focus on developing artistically and professionally at a crucial point in their career. 

We’re delighted to announce 20 brand new awardees with funding for career development activities. From masterclasses and retreats to private study sessions, this round of Transmission will help many artists to have career-enhancing experiences.

This round has seen a rise in the number of female awardees, with 14 out of 20 female musicians receiving an award across various genres, ranging from classical, to folk and jazz, at various stages in their music career.

Lisa Lawton will attend a 7-day classical voice training course and had this to say:

Being awarded the Transmission Fund is truly life changing for me, both personally and professionally. After many of years working in the music industry, I found myself at a huge crossroads. The fund has enabled me to access the right specialist training course, to enable me to hone and develop my existing skills and make the transition into a new musical genre. Something that I have always wanted to do, but have until now been financially unable. Receiving the Transmission Fund has been a huge boost to my confidence, knowing that my musical skills have been recognised and validated in an industry that often values only the very young and those just starting out. I want to be an inspiration to other female performers who may have put their career on hold for family and/or personal circumstances, by demonstrating that you can elevate your career to new heights at any age and stage in your life! Thank you Help Musicians UK!”

Check out the full list below:

Laura Snowden

Laura will be attending the 'Camino Artes' course in Carrion de Los Condes (Spain) to study with the outstanding guitarist, improviser and composer Pavel Steidl.


Natalie Burch

Natalie will be attending the International Lied Festival Zeist mastercourse to work intensively as a duo (with classical song partner Felicity Turner) on German settings of the poet Eichendorff with some of the most acclaimed song musicians in the world.


Leon Bosch

Leon will be attending the 60th International masterclass in Orchestral Conducting with Maestro Eduard Ambartsumyan in Bryansk, Russia.


Jorge Navarro Colorado

Jorge will take part in the Academie Baroque of the Festival de Perigord Noir in France. It will focus on the preparation of the Handel Oratorio 'Il Trionfo del Tempo e dil Disinganno' with prestigious baroque musicians Iñaki Encina and Johannes Pramsohler, including intensive daily work in vocal technique with voice teacher Carlos Aransay.


Rachel Walker

Rachel will be attending the ‘Grappelli-Django Camp’ – Europe’s leading Gypsy Jazz workshop camp run by award-winning Dutch violinist Tim Kliphuis.


Aileen Henry

Aileen will be attending a week long summer course that the world famous baroque harpist Mara Galassi will be teaching at in Italy called Festival Le Arpe In Villa.


Lisa Lawton

Lisa will be undertaking the 2018 Flagship 7-Day Course by Classical Voice Training, in association with the Royal Northern College of Music and Chethams School of Music Manchester.


Lowri Evans

Lowri will be participating in the Chris Difford song writing retreat in Pennard House in Glastonbury which is sponsored by the Buddy Holly Educational Foundation.


Gabriella Teychenne

Gabriella will be taking part in the Advanced Conducting Masterclass at the Royal Northern College of Music with the Manchester Camerata. Taught by Mark Heron and Clark Rundell.


Mike Vass

Mike will attend a short course of private study with renowned composer Errollyn Wallen, with a focus on developing his composing, arranging and orchestration skills.


Camilo Menjura

Camilo will be attending the Iberian Music Roots Course: Singing, Percussion & Stringed instruments.


Rosie Middleton

Rosie will be taking part in (R)evolution: Resonant Bodies, a 6-day residency at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.


Silvia Rosani

Silvia will attend the Darmstadt Summer Courses 2018, which offers composers the opportunity to get feedback from experienced and established composers such as Brian Ferneyhough and Jennifer Walshe, alongside some of the most gifted performers in the world - Lucas Feld, Christian Dierstein and Nicolas Hodge.


Tamsin Elliott

Tamsin will be attending “Other Lands, Other Sounds 2018: A Residential Course for Collaborative Arts Practice in Góis, Portugal", an intensive residential course bringing together visual artists and musicians to work collaboratively over ten days, creating new works combining photography, moving image, music, and sound art.


Naomi Woo

With her project Tick Tock, she’ll be participating in a workshop with composer Michael Maierhof at the prestigious Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt summer courses.


Mari-Anne Green

Mari-Anne will be attending two residential courses run by the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland. Both courses will be directed by top-level jazz musicians Andrew Bain and Malcolm Edmonstone.


Renate Sokolovska

Renate has accepted a place at the prestigious 'Académie Voix Nouvelles' in Royamount Abbey, just North of Paris. Founded by Brian Ferneyhough, it is the best opportunity for Renate to develop in performing contemporary repertoire.


Elliott Morris

Ahead of the recording of their second album, the fund will enable a mentoring relationship with Joey Landreth, focusing on slide guitar and open tunings along with vocal and songwriting development.


Katy Bennett

Katy will be attending the Judy Stakee Songwriting Retreat in a rural sanctuary in Canada. The retreat covers Creative enhancement, Personal Growth and Business Direction as well as providing opportunities to collaborate, play and network with other songwriters and with mentors.


Click here to find out more about the Transmission Fund and how to apply for round 5.

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