Music charity Help Musicians UK’s Transmission Fund is approaching the first round deadline of June 29 for applications. Although the scheme is UK-wide, we’re both heavily encouraging Northern Irish artists to apply – in recent years they’ve supported the likes of Joshua Burnside & Rebekah Fitch.
In the words of Help Musicians UK: “The Transmission Fund is designed to help you build your career by providing grants of £500 – £1500 to fund opportunities allowing you to focus on developing your artistic and professional development at a crucial point in your career. We can support opportunities such as short courses, workshops, training and time limited periods of coaching with an expert in your field both in the UK or internationally. We know that careers differ, so that crucial point could come when you need to focus on your technique several years after graduating from conservatoire or being on the road with your band.”
The conditions for individual applications are as follows:
- Aged over 21
- Based primarily in the UK and be eligible to work here
- Have been resident in the UK for at least 3 consecutive years
- In financial need and without significant backing
- You must already have an active career to apply to this fund and must be able to display exceptional ability within their discipline, have high quality musical output, be 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, and demonstrate an entrepreneurial spirit and dedication toward their career.
If applying as a group, 50% must be able to meet the criteria above, and you must have been established & playing together for at least 2 years.
Other application guidelines are available to read here. You can apply online here, or fill in the offline form here. You must be able to supply a reference, and fill the equal opportunities monitoring form.