How to secure funding: grants for creative collaborations

Funding grants for creative collaborations

Singers and singer songwriters with exciting ideas for creative collaborations can apply for a grant from the Fusion Fund.

Sometimes as artists our most interesting ideas remain just that – ideas – because we don’t have the resources to explore them in reality.

We push them back and forth in our minds, and sometimes push them to one side altogether, never seeing where that intriguing nugget of an idea could take us if we put it to the test.

The good news is that there are funding opportunities out there to help artists stretch their wings. One such example is Help Musician UK’s Fusion Fund. It offers grants of between £2,000 and £5,000 to support collaborative research and development.

The fund looks like it would be a good fit for artists wanting to work across mediums and take their music or songwriting into the world of film, theatre or art.

To be eligible you must be a professional musician/singer and must be over 18. There are, of course, other rules too. Here’s the lowdown.

  • Applications are open to professional musicians and vocalists interested in developing and testing new work, ideas or potential career directions.
  • The fund is looking for exciting collaborations that create work across art forms, creative sectors and other disciplines.
  • Suitable projects must have a music focus and must also include contributions from other disciplines such as theatre directors, choreographers, lighting designers or visual artists.
  • There should be tangible results of the collaboration, such as a body of work created for an upcoming recording or a new performance.
  • The project should push the boundaries of what you do as a music creator or performer.
Who can apply?

The fund is open to professional and emerging professional musicians of all genres and disciplines including vocalists, singer songwriters and multidisciplinary artists. Bands or ensembles with six members or less can also apply.

You must be 18 and based primarily in the UK and be eligible to work here.

Funding rounds

There are three funding rounds in 2019. The next deadline for applications is 10 June so get moving.

Get advice

If you have an idea you think might fit the brief but would like to talk it through, 15 minute advice sessions are available. To arrange one email creative@helpmusicians.org.uk

For more information on the Fusion Fund CLICK HERE.  For advice on funding applications in general CLICK HERE.

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