Fusion Fund distributes £30,000 across 7 new projects in Wales, while Transmission supports 15 music creators’ career development
HMUK is thrilled to celebrate the latest 22 music creators who have received funding under the charity’s Fusion Fund Wales and nationwide Transmission Fund – totalling over £45,000 distributed.
Seven awardees shared £30,000 under the latest round of the Fusion Fund Wales, while 15 musicians received grants totalling over £15,000 for professional development under Transmission.
The Fusion Fund offers £2,000 – £5,000 for professional musicians to undertake projects that develop and test new work, ideas or potential career directions through inspiring periods of collaborative research and development. Following rounds in Scotland, England and Northern Ireland, this latest round will support a range of Wales based artists and projects, including Love Ssega, Farm Hand, ALEKXANDR, Cian Ciarán, Yr Ods, Kirsten Evans and Samuel Barnes.
Broody electro-pop newcomer Alekxandr plans on working with a range of collaborators to produce a unique live show that will showcase his music alongside exploring intimacy in the age of technology.
“Fusion Fund is such a brilliant and unique opportunity for artists to grow and diversify. I’m so thankful to Help Musicians UK for this grant which will enable me to create an immersive, audio/visual, live performance of my music through collaboration with video, lighting and set designers,” he said.
Alekxandr will be working with choreographer Aaron Sillis, video designer Hayley Egan and dancers Fionn Cox-Davis and Rhys Dennis on the project, and is scheduled to perform the show at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff next year.
London-based Love Ssega intends on taking his bouncy, funk-infused pop to the Cardiff Bay Docks to work with Welsh-Indian director Tina Pasotra on a project that will explore themes of migration and develop his skills in creating soundtracks.
“The Fusion Fund enables me to start to fulfil my artistic visions outside of my pure song writing. My favourite British musicians always did this, from Bowie with film to Kate Bush with choreography,” he said.
“Thanks Help Musicians UK for believing in me and giving me this scope to artistically grow.”
Fusion Fund winner Love Ssega
The UK-wide Transmission Fund assists artists in building their career by providing grants of £500 - £1,500 to finance opportunities allowing them to focus on developing their artistic and professional development at a crucial point in their career. The broad range of activities supported by the scheme in this round range from voice training to development travel to India, Ghana and Zambia, and extend across a large span of genres, including folk, jazz and opera.
Experimental electronic artist Caro Churchill will be putting her Transmission grant towards a period of creativity coaching with Heidi Chadwick.
"I am so grateful for this timely support from Help Musicians. It will give me the cherished opportunity to bolster my own creativity as I embark on a new phase of production and performance and so often act as a midwife and enabler for the creative development of others,” she said.
Claire Gevaux, Help Musicians UK Director of Programme, said she's pleased to see such a diverse range of artists receiving support from both funds.
“The most rewarding part of being in the Creative Programme team is to see the difference our funding, whether small or large, makes to the course of a musician’s career.”
Other Transmission Fund recipients include Danielle Carragher, Katherine Clarke, Eloise Garland, James Hart, Francina Moll Salord, David Morecroft, Rowan Piggott, Robin Porter, Namvula Rennie, Lucy Renwick, Jenny Sturgeon, Lisa Tyrrell and Matthew Whiteside.
Left: Transmission Fund recipient Caro Churchill