Emerging musicians around the country will benefit from Help Musicians UK support through our new network of Artist Development Partners.
Following a national call out for proposals, we’re delighted to be able to announce the first recipients of £5,000 grants to invest in exciting up-and-coming artists. They are: Cornwall Music Forum, Generator North East, Doncaster’s Higher Rhythm, Merseyside Arts Foundation and Oh Yeah Music Centre in Belfast.
Stuart Bailie, CEO of Oh Yeah Music Centre, Belfast: “The Oh Yeah music centre in Belfast is delighted to be working with Help Musicians UK as an Artist Development Partner in 2015. We see huge potential next year in terms of artist support, creative input into programming and access to music industry contacts. The talent is here and we're sure that we can now take it further.”
Jim Mawdsley, CEO of Generator: “Generator have been at the forefront of early stage artist development through its unique package of support. With defined new strategies aligned to The Tipping Point, our new music discovery channel, this fantastic development in becoming a partner of Help Musicians UK, will only serve to strengthen what we do - allowing us to be more effective with a greater number of artists and helping to establish a coordinated approach to talent development.”
With 21 applications submitted from a wide variety of organisations across the UK, the selection process was competitive. Proposals were considered by a panel of independent music industry advisors including Ally McCrae (DJ and founder of Detour Music), Jonathan Robinson (Director of Music Tank), Andy Ellis (Education and Outreach Manager at PRS for Music) and Kerry Harvey-Piper (Red Grape Records & Management).
In this pilot round, our panel had the difficult task of selecting just five organisations, based outside of London, with a proven track record of supporting and developing talent, and with the ability to deliver innovative programmes to help emerging artists reach that next crucial stage in their careers.
The projects to be delivered will include a wide range of activities including showcasing opportunities, access to targeted, high level industry advice and mentoring, professional recordings, PR and digital marketing support, audience development and touring support.
Through the Help Musicians UK Talent Programme, we already help around 400 talented early career musicians each year and we’re looking forward to working closely with our new partners to reach even more musicians across the UK.
Who are our new partners?
Cornwall Music Forum is a not-for-profit music organisation which aims to inspire, support, connect & promote music in Cornwall. CMF is recognised locally and regionally as an important catalyst in creating opportunities for musicians in Cornwall to gain skills and develop their careers.
Generator is a music development agency based in the North East providing business support to both the music industry and the wider, commercial and creative, digital industries. For over 20 years Generator has provided invaluable assistance and advice, developing the infrastructure to support artist development and music business growth, creating many business successes.
Higher Rhythm Ltd is a multi-award winning, Yorkshire based, not-for-profit company. It exists to raise aspiration and develop new opportunity by providing music, media and digital focused activities and experiences, that nurture co-operation between people from a wide range of ages and backgrounds; offering professional development, training and support for individuals and organisations, and promoting inclusion for people and communities least engaged in creative / cultural activities.
Merseyside Arts Foundation is an independent development organisation supporting engagement in the arts and creative industries. Its remit is to identify and nurture Merseyside’s finest creative talent working with a variety of approaches which are always owned and driven by the artists involved.
The Oh Yeah music centre is a resource for musicians and for the business of music, based in Belfast. Oh Yeah is a charity and social enterprise which aims to “Open Doors to Music” through live events and industry workshops, rehearsal rooms, a recording studio and external facilitation. Programmes include youth mentoring, talent development, community outreach, arts and older people and business incubation.