Help Musicians UK responds to the needs of DIY music creators by launching the holistic Do It Differently Fund
The leading independent music charity Help Musicians UK (HMUK) announced on Monday the launch of a new, holistic fund that will provide the most comprehensive suite of support yet for independently-driven music creators. The Do It Differently Fund is now open for applications via the HMUK website and has been designed by Help Musicians UK following extensive qualitative research into the funding gaps and needs of the UK’s exceptional DIY talent.
The UK-wide fund will award 20 creators in its first round, whether they’re a producer, composer, songwriter, musician, vocalist, DJ, beatboxer or beyond, at any stage of their career and in any genre. The fund will offer individuals or bands/ensembles of six members or less, a grant of up to £3,000 focused on either developing experience in touring or recording. A further £2,000 is set aside for each successful applicant to go towards business planning and wellbeing services available directly from HMUK and its industry partners.
Claire Gevaux, Programme Director HMUK, said: “This year we’ve been listening to music creators and representatives from across the industry and have gained invaluable insights to inform our thinking about the need for a truly holistic package of support for independent music creators. The Do it Differently fund is a direct response to what we heard and by working with our partners we have now been able to create something completely unique where the health, welfare, creative and career development of music creators are of equal importance. We look forward to reading and watching your applications because, as a charity, we’re really committed to doing it differently too.”
Do It Differently is now open to applications from independently-driven, emerging and professional musicians of all genres and disciplines who are independently controlling one or more aspects of their career, for example, self-managing, self-releasing or self-producing. Creators may be solo instrumentalists, composers, vocalist, singer songwriters, producers, multidisciplinary artists or bands or ensembles of six members or less.