The latest round of Career Development Bursaries funding opens!

Since we launched our Career Development Bursaries in July 2015, we have helped 74 emerging artists with grants totalling over £85,000 and we want to carry on investing in talented artists who are currently performing or creating great music and making an impact in their field.

Round 5 is now open! We are looking for applications from talented artists aged 21-35 and the scheme is open to all genres; you could be an instrumentalist, singer, conductor, composer, songwriter or small group. Grants range from £500 to £2000 and can be used to fund activities that are going to have a significant impact on your development as an artist at this really exciting stage of your career.

You could use your funding to:

- Participate in masterclasses, academies or short courses
- Arrange mentoring with a leading expert in your field
- Travel for research or creative collaboration
- Take part in a short period of intensive coaching with a world-class tutor to prepare for a major performance or project.

So far the applications have been outstanding and we are proud to be supporting so many artists to develop their careers. Below are some reflections from our round one artists:

Luke Jackson

Luke Jackson who received funding to attend Folk Alliance in Kansas City.

'They allowed me to have this incredible experience and mind-blowing week in America along with a handful of other fantastic musicians. During that week I made friends with a few American artists and plans are in progress to try and sort out a few joint tours together in both the UK & America, so I really can't wait to see how things move forward!' You can read more about his experiences here.




Fi Black

Fiona Black used her funding to travel Oslo and Sweden, exploring creative ideas involving the crossover of Scottish and Scandinavian folk music. Fiona will use this experience to develop her own identity as a performing artist having performed and toured almost exclusively with her band for some time.

'On Saturday I attended the Oslo Kappliek a competition all day of music and dance, all sorts of instruments and tunes from different regions and dancing too…..I'm just so excited to be here and be so inspired and have so many ideas I wanted to pass that on to you!! Having this opportunity is just amazing (via email).'

Sam Moore

Samuel Moore who’s funding helped him work intensively with the world-renowned flamenco guitarist Juan Martín.

'Not only are these lessons invaluable to my development as a flamenco musician, but are also helping with my preparations for a performance project.' Read Samuel’s blog.





For each round the applications are reviewed by specialist music industry panellists, including conductor and co-founder of Women Conductors @ Morley Alice Farnham, artist-curator Will Dutta, saxophonist and trumpeter Sarah Field, composer Roger Redgate and Neil Pearson Artists’ Development and Programming Manager, English Folk Dance and Song Society - Neil said:

“The awards will make a genuine difference to the recipients in their career and professional development, and I look forward to following the careers of the artists and will take genuine pride in seeing them flourish with the knowledge that they were supported by this award early in the early stages of their professional adventure”

Interested in making an application? Read more on how to apply and guidelines. The next deadline for the awards is 23nd September 2016.

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