MOBO Help Musicians Fund expands in its third year of talent investment

The independent charity Help Musicians and MOBO’s charitable arm, MOBO Trust, have partnered for a third year to develop their support of artists from underrepresented backgrounds and diverse musical styles.

The fund’s third round of talent investment has grown from £40,000 to £60,000 to increase its support of promising music creators.

Previously, the fund has supported a range of activities including creation and promotion of several EPs and debut albums, vocal coaching, music video production, mixing and mastering, live development and more.

Help Musicians provides fully subsidised access to its Musicians’ Hearing Health Scheme for all awardees in 2019, and through the scheme MOBO Help Musicians Fund recipients will receive a full audiological assessment, including a hearing test, and ACS PRO series custom-made ear protection.

The fund is designed to support artists who demonstrate quality musical output, an entrepreneurial spirit and national and international potential.

The MOBO Help Musicians Fund especially champions the musical fields of hip hop, grime, R&B, soul, reggae, jazz, gospel and afrobeats.

Applications for the fund are now open and can be accessed here.

The deadline is Monday 25 November and individuals or groups of up to 4 members can apply for up to £2,000. Groups of 5 people or more (gospel choirs and jazz groups for example) can apply for up to £3,000.

Kanya King CBE, MOBO founder and chief executive, says: ‘On behalf of MOBO Trust, we are incredibly pleased to once again join forces with an organisation whose values align so closely with our own. Help Musicians’ commitment to encouraging diversity within the talent funding space means the MOBO Help Musicians Fund can grow and flourish in a very natural way. The addition of the health package is further proof of what makes this partnership so pioneering and vital.’

Claire Gevaux, director of programme, Help Musicians, adds: ‘We’re delighted to re-open applications for the MOBO Help Musicians Fund 2019 in partnership with the renowned MOBO Trust. Now in its third year, and having already grown from supporting 11 artists in its first round to 20 in its second, we’re excited to uncover even more talent in 2019 with an increased budget and an enhanced package of support on offer. Help Musicians wants a world where musicians thrive, and we recognise the need to support musicians’ health and wellbeing as well as their creative careers. For musicians applying to this fund, the addition of the Musicians Hearing Health Scheme will offer an enhanced package of preventative support for musicians emerging and working in genres outside of the commercial heartland.’

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