Arts Council England are the national development agency for creativity and culture. ACE want to grow skills, knowledge and networks to help establish the conditions in which creativity and culture can flourish across the country. Below are three funding streams offered through Arts Council England:
National Lottery Project Grants is an open access programme for arts, museums and libraries projects. The fund supports thousands of individual artists, community and cultural organisations.
Creative People and Places focuses on parts of the country where involvement in arts and culture is significantly below the national average. ACE believe that everyone has the right to experience and be inspired by art, and they want to transform the opportunities open to people in those places.
Developing Your Creative Practice encourages ambitious work from independent creative practitioners. This programme has been specifically designed to support independent creative practitioners, who can apply for grants of up to £10,000.
Help Musicians is an independent UK charity for professional musicians of all genres, from starting out through to retirement.
They help at times of crisis, but also at times of opportunity, giving people the extra support they need at a crucial stage that could make or break their career.
Help Musicians UK has a funding wizard on their website that’s worth trying out:
Provides music & media industry services and opportunities across the Yorkshire region including two recording studios, a licensed radio station, a record label, digital distribution, events promotion, artist development programmes, enterprise support, courses (including national & higher national diplomas) and volunteering opportunities. Higher Rhythm is unique regionally, providing the entire music and radio industries under one roof, and is an Arts Council England national portfolio organisation as well as running artist development programmes funded by Help musicians UK and the PRS foundation talent development partner programme.
Acts as a centralised point to support, develop, grow and promote music in the city across all levels, genres and cultures. ML run projects, events, workshops, create networking opportunities, and signpost information on music in Leeds. ML work with individuals, artists, musicians, local organisations and businesses, funding bodies, local and national government and national music industry bodies.
Membership is currently £227 per year, but if you’re a student you can join for £20 per year, and benefits include Public Liability Insurance as well as basic equipment insurance. Whether you choose to become a member or not their website has some helpful general information for musicians at every level.
FREE to join! Collects royalties on behalf of the performer(s) on any recording. If you are self- releasing you need to registers as BOTH a performer and a rights holders. If you’ve done some backing vocals on another bands music and the track gets released – then the record label should register you as ‘backing vocals’ and you will receive performer royalties if that track is played on the radio or similar. However, you must be a member to receive this.
The UK’s leading funder of new music and talent development, investing in the future of music by supporting talent development and new music across the UK; enabling songwriters and composers of all backgrounds to realise their potential and reach audiences across the world.
Collects on behalf of the songwriter(s) on any recording. You can also log your live performances with PRS and receive a fee. Songwriters are advised to register all their original songs with PRS, new and old. There is a £100 one-off joining fee for life-time membership.