Provided by Help Musicians UK (HMUK), the Do It Differently Fund has been created following research into the support needs of musicians in the UK.
The Fund is designed to:
enable creative independence for music creators;
offer a holistic package of support with professional development; and
encourage new habits and good practices of sustainable wellbeing for recording and touring musicians.
Support is available to help independent, entrepreneurial music creators build their career, with grants of £500 – £3,000 to fund professional development opportunities and creative projects at a crucial point in their career.
The programme can support opportunities relating to Recording & Releasing and Touring & Live Development including PR & marketing costs, time to create and access to creative spaces.
In addition, successful applicants will 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.
UK-based professional musicians of all genres and disciplines may apply. The focus is on independent music creators who are controlling one or more aspects of their career (eg self-managing, self-releasing, self-producing).
The next deadline for applications 7 October 2019.