The Do it Differently Fund offered by Help Musicians UK is due to re-open for application in September 2019. The Fund helps independent, entrepreneurial music creators to build their career. Grants are offered under the following two strands:
- Recording & Releasing
- Touring & Live Development
Grants of £500 – £3,000 can cover professional development opportunities and creative projects at a crucial point in the artists career. Successful applicants will also be able to access a suite of wellbeing and development services worth up to £2,000, including business development sessions, education around “healthy” touring practices, online CBT and wellbeing tools, specialist hearing assessment, bespoke hearing protection and short-term treatment of performance related conditions.
Please note that PR & Marketing and Equipment costs can only account for up to 50% of the total grant request. For example, if you apply for the full grant amount of £3,000, a maximum of £1,500 can be allocated towards PR & Marketing and Equipment. Applications exceeding this limitation will be regarded as ineligible.
The fund is open to emerging and professional musicians of all genres and disciplines, with a focus on independent music creators who can evidence self-sufficiency in one or more aspects of their career (e.g. self-managing, self-releasing, self-producing). Applicants can be a solo artist, composer, group member, songwriter, producer or a multidisciplinary artist. Bands or ensembles of up to 6 members can also apply.
Applicants must be aged over 18, based primarily in the UK and be eligible to work here and been a resident in the UK for at least 3 consecutive years and also have an active career and track record.