Help Musicians UK announces first recipients of new fund

Dead Naked Hippies

Dead Naked Hippies (pictured), Lady SanityAWATE and ESKA are among the first 22 acts to receive funding from Help Musicians UK’s first ever Do it Differently Fund.

They are joined by Amble Skuse, Calista Kazuko, BABYTEETH, The Anchoress, Bloom, Georgia Ruth, Bellatrix, Cassels, Julian Costello, Kirk Barley, KYRI, MEI, Michael Begg, Nathan James Dearden, Robyn Steward, VanIves,Valerie Welbanks and Stergin.

Created by Help Musicians UK (HMUK) in partnership with the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine and ThinkMusic, the fund sets out to champion the UK’s exceptional DIY talent. It offers a grant of up to £3,000 focused on creative development, as well as an optional £2,000 to go towards business planning and wellbeing services.

Claire Gevaux, HMUK director of programme, said: ‘Following conversations we had earlier in the year, we heard that combining creativity, business development and wellbeing was the number one priority for music creators across the country working in every genre.

‘The popularity of the Do it Differently Fund exceeded our expectations and the exceptionally high quality of applications made the panel’s job all the more difficult to agree 22 awardees in our first pilot round. We also made the process our most accessible to date and have attracted a truly diverse pool of independent music creators and we’re delighted that so many female artists were encouraged to apply.

‘We are planning the next round in spring 2019 and we hope that this fund continues to address a much needed gap in the market to consider the artist as a whole. Our congratulations to the first cohort and we look forward to seeing how they develop plans balanced with a sustainable career, their health and wellbeing.’

The second round of Do It Differently will open in spring 2019. Visit www.helpmusicians.org.uk for more information.