"This support will mark the beginning of a new stream of my creative practice"

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While musicians are unable to earn income from performance, developing their skills and creative practice in a digital environment is crucial to continuing their careers. At Help Musicians, we believe that financial barriers shouldn’t limit a musician’s career development, so we’re delighted to have provided financial support to a cohort of exciting artists who will take-up online skills-building opportunities over the coming months. 

Every musicians’ needs are different and, through our Transmission Fund, music creators have specified a range of courses, peer mentoring periods and private tutoring that will see them progress as creatives. These development opportunities include intense orchestral audition training to prepare for the challenge of obtaining a full-time orchestral position; a six-month study into Middle Eastern Percussion to become a more comprehensive World Percussionist; and 1-on-1 intensive Italian lessons with renowned Italian Coach Dr. Matteo Dalle Fratte, to help prepare for an opera project later this summer. 

Several supported creators will continue to use lockdown as an opportunity to develop new technical skills that will add to their creative practice, including learning how to live stream electronic hardware setsattending a six-month online production course at Point Blank Music School and learning ‘The Art of Mixing’ through an online course at Berklee College of Music. 

For indie singer Hannah Coombes, who has been supported to pursue one-to-one online vocal coaching sessions with singing specialist Jo Thompson, this support is crucial in building a strong foundation for her career. She said: “Having this opportunity to develop my vocal practice will allow me to be the best recording artist and performer I can be. Advancing my vocal technique and stamina through coaching sessions will ensure I have a solid foundation for a long and healthy career as a singer & artist.” 

Violinist Aliayta Foon-Dancoes will undertake her first formal education in composition and said: I found the thought of creating my own work alongside these composers intimidating, and this lack of confidence made me hesitant to invest the time, money and energy into pursuing composition further. This award will mark the beginning of a new stream of my creative practice. 

Full list of artists receiving skills-building support: 

  • Aleksandra Henszel - London - Classical 
  • Alfie Cattell - North East - Pop 
  • Aliayta Foon-Dancoes – London - Classical 
  • Gugaksound - London - World 
  • BluesfortheHorn - London - R&B/soul 
  • Ethan Floyd - Wales - R&B/soul 
  • FAUZIA - London - Electronic 
  • PELA - South West - Alternative 
  • Harry Smith - South West - Pop 
  • Chez de Milo - South West - Electronic 
  • Yesno - Scotland - Electronic 
  • Jonathan Bloxham - North East - Opera 
  • Jordan Nocturne - Northern Ireland - Electronic 
  • Joshua Healy - Northern Ireland - Rock 
  • Keziah Thomas - London - Classical 
  • Maria Grapsa London - Jazz 
  • Mitchell - OldhaWorld 
  • The Often Herd - North East - Country 
  • Polly Ives - Yorkshire and the Humber - Classical 
  • Rebekah Fitch - London - Pop 
  • Oberon White - London - Electronic 
  • RIO - North West - Hip-hop/rap 
  • Rozi Plain - London - Alternative 
  • Sash Sings - Yorkshire and the Humber - Electronic 
  • Séline Delcourt London – Pop 
  • Shea Tohill - Northern Ireland - Pop 
  • Shivum Sharma - London - Alternative 
  • Shunaji - London - Hip-hop/rap
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