Monday 4 May 2015

Help Musicians UK Launches New Funding Scheme for Emerging Talent

Help Musicians UK have launched a new funding scheme in partnership with PledgeMusic to support artists at the early stages of their professional careers.

This £50,000 fund will go toward supporting artists and ensembles who have an engaged fan base and are at a turning point in their career but do not currently receive funding from any third-party sources. Those successful will receive support from Help Musicians UK if they hit their target on the crowd-funding platform PledgeMusic.

Tim Foxon, Talent Programme Manager says: 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 MD says: “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 1, PledgeMusic has incorporated charity work and contributions into its campaigns. Working with Help Musicians UK is a most welcome expansion of this principle.

Applications are welcomed from now until May 29th and there are two further rounds with deadlines of August 31st and 30th November.

There is comprehensive information on how to apply and eligibility criteria on the Help Musicians UK website and you can find out more about their partnership on the PledgeMusic website.

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