Transmission Fund supports innovative forms of creative and professional development during 2020

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Help Musicians’ training and development opportunity, the Transmission Fund, today announces details of the support given to 43 professional musicians’ creative development and learning opportunities supported through the Fund during this year.

The cohort of supported artists this year will be embarking on a short period of training and/or mentoring with a leading expert in their field, adapted to the current climate of social distancing. The 43 development opportunities represent a £75,000 investment from the charity into the progression of artists’ careers.

Successful proposals include online instrument lessons with the folk world’s impressive Mountain Dulcimer performer and teacher Stephen Seifert, African-Cuban percussion and arrangement classes, and coaching with New York jazz bassist Ben Wolfe.

Several applicants identified the government’s ‘Stay at Home’ advice as an opportunity to develop new technical skills that would add to their creative practice, from virtual orchestration, music composition for film & TV, video production and mixing, mastering and sound design. Ranging from 1:1 coaching to organisations facilitating group courses such as London Academy of Music Production, Berklee College & Point Blank Music School, this year’s applicants have shown resilience and resourcefulness in adapting to current times.

Awardee Ruta Vitaukskaite said: “Most of my activities to date have relied on collaborative music creation and rehearsals, with the final outcome being the performance of live music. With the live music industry currently being completely frozen, I found myself stuck in the situation of not being able to proceed with any of my creative plans. The Transmission Fund award has provided me with so much needed possibility to explore online live music event possibilities, through mentorship sessions, and online work with musicians. I feel that this award is funding the project that will become a gateway into a whole new areas of work for me as a contemporary music composer.”

The full list of acts funded this year includes Amanda Boyd, Ben Fletcher (Lucian Fletcher), Ben Rowarth, Bethanie Aggett (Beth Aggett), Bethany Dyson, Billy MarrowsCameron Biles-Liddell, Catherine Davies (Anchoress), Christina McMaster, Conor Murray, Conor Mallon, Conor McCarry (Cloud House), Damien Mahoney (Caulbearers), Dave Miller, Elias Brown, Elizabeth Corney, Emily Watts (Aphrah), Florence Anna Maunders, Fran O'Hanlon (AJIMAL), Freya Ward-Smith (Freya Ward/Freya Lily), Greshauna Hannabiell Sanders (Hannabiell), Harry Yellop, Jaka Skapin, James Girling, Jamie Attridge (Shaka Loves You), Jenni Parkinson, Joe Edwards, Lorenzo Bassignani, Maciek Pysz, Magnus Oboh leonard (Magugu), Meljoann Ryan (Meljoann), Michael Mcintosh (Mikes Ldn), Miles Horn, Murdo Mitchell, Ronan Perrett, Rosie Bans, Ruta Vitkauskaite, Samuel Michnik, Sian Philipps, Sofia Livotov (Duo Sofia Livotov & Prajna Indrawati), Uchenna Ngwe and Tori Freestone.

Since its launch three years ago, Help Musicians’ Transmission Fund has supported more than 200 artists and groups to take part in professional development activities to help their careers. Grants of between £500 - £1,500 are offered to help cover access fees for developmental activities.

We know that over the last few months, the very nature of what it is to be a working musician has changed. For detailed information about how Help Musicians may be able to support you in these uncertain times and looking ahead to the rest of 2020, please visit coronamusicians.info.

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