The Help Musicians UK Fusion Fund offers £2,000 – £5,000 for professional musicians to undertake UK-based projects that develop and test new work, ideas or potential career directions through inspiring periods of collaborative research and development.
We are looking for exciting collaborations that create work across art forms, creative sectors and other disciplines. Applications must be music-focused and projects should include contributions from at least one non-music discipline for example storytellers, lighting designers, choreographers, technologists, scientists, gaming designers, theatre directors, visual artists etc. We are also interested in seeing applications that consider unusual and extraordinary spaces to show work to new audiences.
There should be tangible results of the collaboration, such as a body of work created for an upcoming recording or a new performance. Overall, the project should push the boundaries of what you do as a music creator or performer, exploring or testing something that you are not currently able to achieve without support.
Each funding round will focus on a UK nation and there will be a two-stage application process. Deadlines and further details can be found within the how to apply section.
WHO CAN APPLY?
The fund is open to professional and emerging professional musicians of all genres and disciplines. You can be a solo instrumentalist, conductor, composer, vocalist, singer songwriter or a multidisciplinary artist. We can also support bands or ensembles with six members or less.
To apply you must be:
- Aged over 21 (no upper age limit)
- Based primarily in the UK and be eligible to work here
- Have been resident in the UK for at least three consecutive years
- In financial need and without significant backing
- You must already have an active career to apply to this fund. We want to support those individuals or ensembles who can demonstrate working excellence fitting at least three if not all of the following criteria:
– Exceptional ability within their discipline
– High quality musical output
– Regularly working (performances, commissions, releases) at a professional level (getting paid for your work)
– Achievement or the potential to achieve a national or international impact
– An impressive track record
– Demonstrates an entrepreneurial spirit and dedication toward their career
– Shows innovation or leadership within their sector
If applying as a group
- 50% must meet the criteria as above
- You must have been established and playing together regularly for at least two years
- You must nominate a lead applicant for the application process
- Venue and rehearsal space costs
- Recording costs (live or documentation)
- Travel costs
- Access costs
- Accommodation costs
- Fees for musicians, artists or collaborators time to allow for your project to happen
- Any other reasonable costs associated with your project
First, read the application guidelines which set out in detail what we’re looking for.
The Fusion Fund is a two stage online application process. If you are applying as a group one person should be named as the lead applicant for the application process. The lead applicant has to be from a music discipline.
First stage application: You are required to tell us about your achievements so far and put forward a proposal for your project. You will be required to provide supporting evidence of your music in the form of recordings, videos and weblinks. We aim to make decisions in the first stage of applications within two weeks. If you are successful you will be invited to apply for the second stage. Apply here offline application form can be viewed here.
Second stage application: If you successfully move to the second stage you will be notified by email and we will ask for further information about your project including a detailed budget, project plan and timescale. You will be invited to apply via email and the forms will be circulated to you following your acceptance confirmation.
Deadlines for Scotland
|Applications open||Round one deadline||Round two deadline||Notification|
|1 Sep||13 Oct||1 Dec||19 Jan|
You must also supply a reference from an eminent musician or music professional not connected with your project.
All materials including your reference must be received by the closing date otherwise your application will, unfortunately, be ineligible.
If you are successful the project end date must be within 12 months of receiving your funding.