HMUK continues investment for the third year in Future Bubblers bursaries

The music industry’s leading independent charity Help Musicians UK (HMUK) today announced that is has partnered for the third consecutive year to award nine recipients the Future Bubblers bursary. The recipients will each be awarded a grant of up to £1,000 to develop their musical artistry in their career paths as independent artists, they are:

Blind Mic


Aaliyah Esprit



Kayla Painter





HMUK have designed these bursaries to empower a diverse array of artists to realise their independent creative visions without compromise, offering funding opportunities to artists away from the usual music industry structures. Recognising the ongoing success of the Future Bubblers artists, HMUK will also offer Future Bubblers alumni additional funding opportunities to develop their careers and craft even further, capitalising on the momentum built during their tenure within the Future Bubblers programme.


Future Bubblers is a youth music talent discovery and development project started by Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood music. It is rooted in mentoring and the slow build career model. It has a strong focus on multi-genre artists based outside of London and makes a concerted effort to reach out to young people operating outside of the usual support networks. Future Bubblers looks to remove all the unnecessary barriers that make some of the country’s most brave creators feel limited and unable to move ahead.

The breadth of talent supported blur boundaries between music and other art forms, such as Kayla Painter who has already showcased her immersive Audio-Visual show at Glastonbury festival.


Claire Gevaux, Creative Programme Director at HMUK, said:

“HMUK is proud to partner with the Future Bubblers scheme for the third consecutive year, with a focus on those who have come through unique creative paths and different routes to music-making, who are self-producing and are dedicated to a DIY ethos. The partnership with Future Bubblers enables us to continue to champion and support some of the freshest, most diverse and innovative artists from across the UK, who might not otherwise be recognised or have the opportunity to develop their careers and make a living from their art. The opportunity for future funding for alumni is testament to our commitment to artist development and sustaining careers.”

 Amy Frenchum, of Future Bubblers, added:

Our partnership with Help Musicians UK has been an incredibly magical addition to the opportunities we are able to offer out to the artists we are developing through the Future Bubblers scheme. This is often the financial stepping stone that means these artists are able to release their first ever 12”, promote and perform at their first ever headline show and generally to start building sustainable and resilient careers as artists. It’s so valuable that an organisation such as Help Musicians are recognising and actively supporting these brave, innovative music makers. It’s really making a difference in the power of their next moves. The addition of the Alumni grants is just testament to how invested the team at Help Musicians UK are in encouraging and uplifting left field genre-blurring talent - it’s perfectly aligned with the Future Bubblers outlook.

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