Help Musicians re-opens Do It Differently Fund

Independent music charity Help Musicians UK has opened up the third round of its Do It Differently Fund, designed to support DIY artists.

Help Musicians has partnered with the Featured Artists Coalition (FAC) for the £60,000 music creators fund to provide support, advice and education to empower artist entrepreneurs.

The partnership also means Do It Differently awardees will receive fully subsidised annual PRO membership, which includes free legal advice, free admission to all FAC Artist:Entrepreneur (A:E) events, sample management contracts and exclusive networking opportunities.

The fund provides a full package for independently driven musicians, awarding up to £3,000 towards creative output, a further £2,000 towards one-to-one business guidance (led by ThinkMusic) and wellbeing tools from Help Musicians and the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM).

Help Musicians is also highlighting the opportunity for artists to apply to the fund via video application in an effort to improve accessibility.

Almost 100 musicians have already benefitted from the fund since it launched in 2018.

Claire Gevaux, director of programme, Help Musicians UK, says: ‘The success of the Do It Differently Fund, developed from the understanding of musicians, has proved that independent music creators have a real appetite for a well-rounded approach to funding support that addresses artists’ creative needs, gives them tools to build themselves as a business and practical tips towards maintaining good health. The nearly 100 individual musicians who have been supported by the fund have all embraced the need to work hard to maintain a balance between these three aspects of being a musician in the 21st century.

‘We are always looking forward and reviewing our support packages, and we’re thrilled to enhance Do It Differently with the addition of Featured Artist Coalition PRO membership. The FAC’s support for DIY creators is a vital service that is a natural fit for our beneficiaries, especially the entrepreneurial applicants we see through this fund. Similarly, ensuring our funds are accessible is of paramount importance to us and it’s why we continue to encourage video applications, as well as written.’

The full application pack and criteria can be found here. To apply please visit helpmusicians.org.uk.