Musicians across the UK represented in the latest round of the Transmission Fund

Transmission awardees

We’re excited to name 16 musicians as awardees of the latest round of the Transmission Fund.

With the aim of aiding the professional development of artists across the UK, the Transmission Fund offers grants of up to £1500 for workshops, short courses, mentoring and more, as well as travel and accommodation for these learning experiences.

For this round, we’ve funded a wide range of genres from classical to urban, spanning musicians from the top of Scotland to the English south coastline. We were happy to receive applications from the nations and regions of the UK and establish a balanced representation of gender with 56% of applicants being female. Check out the full list of awardees below:

Ghislaine McMullin

The Behn Quartet will attend Biennale Amsterdam Festival where they will undertake masterclasses.

"This vital support from the Transmission Fund has enabled us to access an international platform on which to showcase and develop our work, furthering our development as an ensemble at this important stage in our careers."

Claire Harris

The accompanist and repetiteur will travel to Toronto to intern as Assistant Musical Director with the Canadian opera company, Opera by Request and be mentored in this role by the company's Artistic Director William Shookhoff.

Aidan Jolly

The world artist will undertake a mentoring programme with renowned contemporary composer Eve Harrison.

“I’m delighted to be one of the recipients of a Help Musicians UK Transmission Fund award, which will allow me to develop my compositional skills, working with renowned contemporary composer Eve Harrison” 

Cheryl Vickers

The drum and bass DJ/Producer will attend the Red Bull Music Academy to hone her musical skills and meet industry contacts.

Ayesha Pike

The jazz singer-songwriter will undertake vocal and piano coaching from leading practitioners Leontine Hass (vocal technique) and Roland Perrin (jazz piano/harmony). 

Lorenzo Bassignani

The jazz guitarist and composer will study arrangement and composition with accomplished teacher Paul Bartholomew.

Andrew Clovey

The urban producer is set to study a course in sound design and synthesis with Garnish Music Production.

Leo Grant

The contemporary classical composer will attend the MATA festival in New York where one of his pieces has been selected for performance.

Sophie Gledhill

The cellist shall travel to Easter Island to take part on the Global Leaders Program using music for social change.

Sherika Sherard

Sherika will use her funding to undertake a short course in Ableton Live Music Production at Point Blank Music.

Jessie Tse

The opera soprano vocalist will travel to the international opera studio of Patras Municipal and Region Theatre in Greece.

Michael Poll

The classical guitarist will attend the Lucerne Festival masterclass in conducting with Bernard Haitink considered by some the greatest living conductor.

"As an artist it is important to have the opportunity, from time to time, to travel to be with luminaries in the field, and the Transmission fund is allowing me to do just that."

James Wilson

Contemporary classical flautist James Wilson will train with top specialist in contemporary music, Richard Craig.

Rebekah Fitch

The alternative pop singer will undertake coaching in vocals and training in music production.

Nicola Hogg

The pop singer-songerwriter will undertake a course at the Music Business School. 

Lori Watson & Duncan Lyall

The folk duo will undertake private training days with Kath Burlinson (Authentic Artists Collective), one of the most revered performance and artistry coaches across multiple disciplines.

Lauren Deakin Davies is a record producer who has worked with a range of signed and unsigned artists as a producer and songwriter. Lauren was on the decision panel for this round of the Transmission Fund and said:

“The Transmission Fund is a great way to help musicians step up a gear! As a musician myself I know what a consequential difference funding can make to your career, even if it's from paying for a plane ticket to take you to another country or for a meeting or work or helping for your recording or PR for a project that you're working on, the funding makes it possible and can alleviate some of the unnecessary stresses of trying to have a career in music. Ultimately working in music is about creating content of quality and enjoyment and without funding, is most of the time is impossible!”

Lori Watson and Duncan Lyall are a folk duo from Glasgow. They’ll be using their Transmission funding to undertake performance and artistry classes with revered coach, Kath Burlinson. Duncan had this to say about the opportunity:

“We have spent the last year working hard in the studio developing our sound. The next big step is to realise our music for audiences in a live setting. This presents its own unique challenges and opportunities.  HelpMusicians UK are making it possible for us to with an amazing performance coach and director to develop our performance, and communicate and connect with our audiences with improved confidence and clarity. We are nervous and excited about the possibilities and very grateful to Help Musicians UK for their support and encouragement.” 

What’s next? The Fusion England round is currently open for applications! The deadline is 23 Feb 18. Apply here. The next round of the Transmission Fund is also now open - deadline 30 March 18. Apply here.

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