Help Musicians UK opens new talent fund

Help Musicians UK

HelpMusiciansUKforwebHelp Musicians UK has launched Emerging Artists Fund 2015 to help new acts run their own PledgeMusic campaign and gain access to an exclusive top-up grant.

Musicians and bands of all genres are encouraged to apply, with priority going to acts that are clearly at a career turning point, have an engaged fan base and aren’t currently receiving significant financial backing from other sources.

The scheme, which runs from May 2015 to May 2016 in conjunction with PledgeMusic, has engaged a panel of industry experts and tastemakers to help judge applications.

The three application deadlines in 2015 are 29 May, 31 August, and 30 November. Judges will select eight acts at each round, with the first round confirmed on 10 June 2015.

See here for full details of how to apply.

Tim Foxon, Help Musicians UK talent programme manager, said: ‘In a challenging funding landscape, we’ve been looking at new ways to channel much-needed support to musicians in the early stages of their careers.

‘We’re thrilled to be working with Pledge Music to identify some exciting upcoming acts for whom we hope this investment will make a significant impact.’

Paul Barton PledgeMusic UK managing director, added: ‘Teaming up with Help Musicians UK ideally fits the PledgeMusic ethos every which way.

‘The direct-to-fan model that PledgeMusic offers new, emerging artists and bands is an entry route into a career in music and from day one, PledgeMusic has incorporated charity work and contributions into its campaigns. Working with Help Musicians UK is a most welcome expansion of this principle.’

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