Music-industry charity Help Musicians UK has launched a new ‘Do It Differently’ fund aimed at independent musicians, which will start with £200k to distribute. Producers, composers, songwriters, musicians, singers, DJs and beatboxers are being invited to apply for up to £3k each for “developing experience in touring or recording”, while a further £2k will be available for them to spend on “business planning and wellbeing services” from the charity and its partners.
HMUK says the fund has been launched after the charity spent time asking musicians what they’d find most useful in terms of support. “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,” said programme director Claire Gevaux. The application process is now open, via the charity’s website.