March 31st is the application deadline date for the current round of the Help Musicians UK/ PledgeMusic Emerging Artists Fund (EAF).
The EAF programme seeks to identify and support a diverse range of emerging artists to generate funds through a PledgeMusic campaign, which is then topped up with a contribution from HMUK.
Looking for artists that have the talent, a growing fan base and the DIY drive to build a long term career, applicants are selected by a moving panel comprising of representatives from PledgeMusic, HMUK and industry experts. The scheme is open to musicians across the UK in any genre, with the selection panel meeting every 4 months to select 6-8 artists per round.
Industry names that have been on panels to date include 6Music’s Tom Robinson, Steve Levine (GRAMMY and Brit Award winning Record Producer), Paul Pacifico (CEO AIM) Kwame Kwaten (ATC Management), VV Brown (recording artist), Paul Lester (music writer, The Guardian, MOJO and others), Sean Adams (founder Drowned In Sound) and Tor Ree (A&R Polydor Records).
The HMUK/PledgeMusic Emerging Artists Fund (EAF) is now halfway through its second year and moving from strength to strength. The first year saw EAF beneficiaries The Lottery Winners sign to Seymour Stein’s Sire Records and also included the critically acclaimed band Telegram, as well as rising Grime artist Elf Kid, who came to the fore with radio play across BBC Radio 1 and Apple’s Beats radio.
The 2016/17 EAF partnership offers more than just funding. Showcase events are currently being put together for later this year in Glasgow, Belfast and London, profiling artists selected from each round. This will be complimented with an on-going mentoring scheme for the selected artists from a range of industry experts.
EAF recipients in the first round of the current programme include Grace Savage, Tony Njoku, SYKES, Joel Sarakula and the highly regarded Be Charlotte, who is fresh from playing SXSW and booked for a second T in the Park appearance in July.
For more information and to apply: http://www.emergingartistsfund.com/