Opportunities

Learn about various opportunities currently available that can support or be of value to local individuals and organisations in the LCR music sector including; funding opportunities, job vacancies and auditions, training and development prospects, and sector specific events.

If you have relevant opportunities to share with the sector you can list them on this page by completing the form below.

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Free online course: The art of breath control for singers

Transform your singing through breath control!

Discover how breath control can revolutionise your singing in this free 4-week course. With structured lessons and practical exercises, you’ll learn to sustain longer phrases, reduce vocal strain, and sing high notes with ease and confidence. From the foundations of diaphragmatic breathing to advanced techniques for dynamic performances,

Complete the short application form by following this link: https://forms.gle/JQDYvv74xM1Dp1p29

Deadline: 03/03/2024 Apply Now
PRS Foundation

Women Make Music

Women Make Music supports the development of outstanding women, trans and non binary songwriters and composers of all genres and backgrounds at different stages of their career. The fund can support projects by women, trans and non binary songwriters, composers, artists, bands and performers who are writing their own music.

Deadline: 11/03/2024 Apply Now
PRS Foundation

Power Up Participant Programme Y4

POWER UP is an ambitious, long-term initiative which supports Black music creators and industry professionals and executives, as well as addressing anti-Black racism and racial disparities in the music sector.

Creating a long-term network across the UK, each year the Participant Programme will support:

  • 20 x Black music creators
  • 20 x Black executives and industry professionals

The programmes includes grant support of up to £15,000 alongside capacity building masterclasses, mentoring, coaching, mental health and wellbeing support, and access to added value support from POWER UP Partners and the peer network which is integral to breaking down barriers.

Applicants are encouraged to attend the online workshop featuring Senior POWER UP Manager, Yaw Owusu and guests: Wednesday 28th February, 18:30 – 19.30

 

Deadline: 14/03/2024 Apply Now
PRS Foundation

Composers’ Fund

PRS Foundation’s Composers’ Fund is an opportunity for composers with a strong track record, giving direct access to funding at pivotal stages in their career.

A contribution of up to £8,000 – £15,000 is available to composers who are already making a significant cultural contribution in the UK and have the potential for greater impact in the UK and overseas.

Managed by PRS Foundation, The Composers’ Fund supports up to 15 composers per year who can make the case for the kind of support that would enable them to make a significant step change in their career.

Deadline: 02/04/2024 Apply Now
PRS Foundation

The Open Fund For Music Creators

The Open Fund for Music Creators supports the development of outstanding music creators of all genres and backgrounds at different stages of their career with grants of up to £5000. Previous recipients include Young Fathers, Afrodeutsche, Jasdeep Singh and Ruth Lyon

In order to be eligible Music Creators’ projects must fulfil all three of our funding priorities:

  • To support the creation, performance and promotion of outstanding new music in any genre
  • To enable the UK’s most talented music creators to realise their potential
  • To reach audiences
Deadline: 08/04/2024 Apply Now
PRS Foundation

The Hitmaker Fund

The Hitmaker Fund offers an opportunity for songwriters and producers working in popular music genres to further develop their careers and writing/production with grants of between £5,000 – £10,000.

Launched in 2017 as a response to the long-term career needs of those working behind the scenes, The Hitmaker Fund (formerly The Writer Producer Fund) was initiated by PRS Foundation with BASCA Trust. The rebranded Hitmaker Fund is now delivered by PRS Foundation.

Deadline: 15/04/2024 Apply Now
Young Classical Artists Trust

On-demand fundraising support for early-career musicians

After a successful pilot scheme back in March, YCAT is now rolling out one-to-one appointments with fundraising professionals, for musicians who need support with funding applications and grant writing. Although funding applications, for postgraduate or project funding are a fact of life for many musicians, those at the start of their careers often feel apprehensive and unprepared about completing them.

There is no application deadline – sign up via the link for a free half-hour advice slot with an experienced fundraiser.

Deadline: 21/05/2024 Apply Now

Formby Festival

Formby Festival is 2-day open air event which includes a music stage on Saturday/Sunday July 13/14 2034
We are a not for profit organisation and the aim of the music stage is to offer a professional environment for local bands/musicians to perform in front of up to 2000 people. Last year 23 local acts played across the two days

Performers (i.e. vocal, instrumental, soloist, ensemble) should contact: info@formbyfestival.co.uk

Deadline: 30/06/2024 Apply Now
Arts Council England

Supporting Grassroots Live Music

Funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport as part of £8.5m boost to the music industry announced in June 2023 in the UK Government’s Creative Industries Sector Vision, £4 million has been allocated specifically to support rehearsal and recording studios, promoters, festivals, and venues for live and electronic music performance such as grassroots music venues and club sector organisations to apply for support for projects that help them bring live and electronic music to the public and and support the development of talent.

You can apply for between £1,000 and £40,000, for projects up to three years in length. If you need to apply for more than £40,000, you can still apply to the main Project Grants programme for activity that delivers grassroots music activity.

Deadline: 01/08/2024 Apply Now
Youth Music

Youth Music Catalyser Fund

The Youth Music Catalyser Fund offers grants between £30,001 and £300,000 to organisations in England who want to sustain work, scale-up delivery, or create change in sector practice.

The project must support children and young people who face barriers to make, learn or earn in music, and aims to make music activity more inclusive so everyone can access it.

Your work must meet one of their themes. Read more here: https://youthmusic.org.uk/catalyser-fund

Applications are now open for Catalyser Fund Round 4
Expression of Interest Deadline: 10 May 2024
Full Application Deadline: 09 August 2024

Deadline: 09/08/2024 Apply Now

Addiction and Recovery Training Workshops

Thanks to funding from industry partners, we are proud to offer a number of FREE places to our music and live events peers to attend Music Support’s Addiction & Recovery Workshop. This engaging four-hour session (delivered on Zoom) is ideal for anyone who is interested in understanding more about addiction and recovery and feeling more confident about helping others.

This four-hour training workshop will give participants an introduction to the topic of addiction and recovery.

The next workshops (delivered on Zoom) from 10am – 2pm on the following dates: 7th November and 12th December 2023 and 9th January and 7th February 2024 (with further dates to follow)

Deadline: 23/08/2024 Apply Now
Arts Council

Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants

National Lottery Project Grants is our open access programme for arts, museums and libraries projects. The fund supports thousands of individual artists, community and cultural organisations.

The fund will focus on the needs of smaller independent organisations and individual practitioners

Deadline: 31/08/2024 Apply Now
Help Musicians

Touring and Live

You can apply for financial support of up to £5,000 towards the cost of performing live and touring.

Live performance and touring can have a huge impact on your career — allowing you to build your fanbase, increase confidence, improve your craft, test new ideas and generate income.

This support focuses not only on helping you to perform live, but also on your wellbeing and long-term business development.

Deadline: 11/12/2024 Apply Now
Help Musicians

MOBO Help Musicians Fund

If you’re a musician making hiphop, grime, R&B, soul, music of African origin, reggae, jazz or gospel then the MOBO Help Musicians Fund can support you to take your career to the next level.

You can apply for up to £3,000 towards recording music, and everything that goes around getting it out there into the world.

This support focuses not only on your music creation, but also on your wellbeing and long-term business development.

Deadline: 13/12/2024 Apply Now
Help Musicians

Skills and Professional Development

Offering up to £1,500 to help you enhance your skills or artistic practice. Whatever your circumstances and ambitions — you can apply for support that is specific to your career needs.

This can be anything from a conference to learn more about the industry, to a course to enhance your skills; from one-on-one coaching to some time with a mentor.

Deadline: 18/12/2024 Apply Now
Help Musicians

Record and Release

Help Musicians can support you to create new music and share it with the world. Whether it’s studio time, mastering, or promotion around a release, we can help you to record and release your music.

This support focuses not only on your music creation, but on your wellbeing and long-term business development.

Awardees receive: up to £3,000 in financial support towards creative output, one-to-one business advice sessions and personal health consultation with British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM).

Deadline: 19/12/2024 Apply Now
Music Venue Trust

Pipeline Investment Fund

The Pipeline Investment Fund (PIF) is a new grant-giving fund established by Music Venue Trust with the support of venue members of the Music Venues Alliance.

PIF is now open for small-scale grant applications (up to £5,000) from UK-based grassroots music venues to support two areas of work:
– Small-scale capital applications; including lights, sound, access, ventilation and minor building alterations
– Staff & training; diversifying your workforce, succession planning, skills development, and strengthening local community ties

Deadline: 07/12/2027 Apply Now
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