Help Musicians has awarded ten musicians with funding to undertake cross-disciplinary projects through the latest and final round of the Fusion Fund for 2019.
The musicians funded will enter a period of research and development with a collaborator of a non-musical discipline to help them push the boundaries of what they currently do as a music creator or performer. Artists this round will be fusing their musical practice with elements such as spoken word, audio samples, field recordings, visual projections and lighting, and they will utilise the expertise of visual artists, poets, writers, sound technologists, lighting designers and more to achieve this.
Ros Hawley, who will be working on a music and spoken word collaboration, said: “Funding from Help Musicians’ Fusion Fund will bring to life a project close to my heart. The 1000 Days Project will bring together three artists in a unique process of music and spoken word collaboration, and forge connections between institutions of health, medicine and music in the North West through a series of workshops engaging with the themes we will explore. Thank you, Help Musicians for making a dream into a reality.”
Co-Director of Third Ear Music and Fusion Fund assessment panellist Ed McKeon said: “Through programmes like this, Help Musicians is clearly reaching far, wide, and deep, to all parts of the UK, to musicians of varied backgrounds, with distinct aesthetics and musical commitments. It’s fantastic that Help Musicians enable them to take risks and to dream. More power to your elbow.”
Help Musicians Creative Programme Officer Bex Ransom said: “Experimental, inspiring phases such as those funded by the Fusion Fund are vital to a musician’s development and growth but are time-consuming and expensive for musicians to undertake and finance themselves. That’s why we’re pleased to be able to provide musicians with the opportunity to take the time to develop and test new work, ideas or potential career directions through the support of our Fusion Fund.”
The full list of artists funded this round includes Joel Bell, Belle Chen, Paul Clark, Pete Flood, Rosalind Hawley, Carlijn Metselaar, Hugh Nankivell, Jenny Sturgeon, Jim Sutherland and Andy Truscott.
Help Musicians wouldn’t be able to support the musicians funded through its Creative Programme or supported through its Health and Welfare service without the generous donations from fundraisers. To see how you could make a difference to the charity and the musicians it helps, visit our supporter pages here: https://www.helpmusicians.org.uk/support-our-work