Mali Hayes (pictured above), Afro Sam, Miryam Solomon and Daniel Casimir are among the latest acts to receive support from the MOBO Help Musicians Fund.
They are joined by Amahla, Arieleno, Empress Imani, Freya Roy, Melissa James, Mercy’s Cartel, NoTTwins, Omahrose, PYJÆN, RUE, Saie / The Afro Romantic, SERAPHINA, Shunaji, Strange Bones, TrueMendous and YUN SEN.
This is the second round of the fund – following the success of last year’s pilot – which has doubled from £20,000 to £40,000.
A panel of industry experts, including jazz artist and MOBO Award winner Moses Boyd, music manager and MOBO Trustee, Kwame Kwaten and Amy Frenchum of Brownswood and Future Bubblers, selected the 20 recipients from just under 200 applications.
Claire Gevaux, Help Musicians UK director of programme, said: ‘Supporting the next generation of exceptional talent across diverse genres is a huge part of achieving HMUK’s vision of a world where musicians thrive. Because of the success of the pilot, we’ve been able to double the size of the MOBO Help Musicians Fund so that 20 artists can take their careers to the next level.
‘We would like to thank our partner, MOBO Trust, for working with us again for this incredible second year and congratulate each and every artist recipient. We hope that the funding will truly make a difference to growing and developing their music careers.’
MOBO founder and chief executive Kanya King CBE said: ‘We are very pleased with the fantastic work the judges have done. They have chosen a variety of fresh talent representing all these music genres which is a great reflection on the UK music scene.
‘We are especially excited to see a higher level of entries coming from a wider range of artists from diverse and often under represented backgrounds. We are looking forward to seeing the awardees develop, partly in thanks to the support the MOBO Help Musicians Fund has been able to provide.’
The MOBO Help Musicians Fund was launched in 2017 in partnership between the charitable arm of the organisation behind the MOBO Awards and Help Musicians UK. Last year it supported 11 up and coming acts including Lady Sanity, Signkid and AWATE.