Residency Requirement: United Kingdom
The Open Fund for Music Creators supports the development of outstanding songwriters and composers of all genres and backgrounds at different stages of their career.
The fund can support projects by songwriters, composers, or artists, bands, producers and performers who are writing their own music or commissioning others.
Music Creators’ projects must fulfill all three of our funding priorities:
If you are a songwriter/composer you will need to tell us why this particular activity is so crucial to your creative or professional development.
If you are a solo performer or small performance group commissioning others, you will need to explain why your project is so important to the songwriter or performer you are working with.
We are committed to supporting UK based songwriters and composers of all backgrounds.
The Open Fund for Music Creators offers grants of up to £5,000.
Our funding includes support of:
For projects involving creation (e.g. writing or recording) alone and no performances, we recommend outlining any confirmed or potential performance opportunities within answers relating to future plans
For projects involving performance, we will only fund one-off performances in exceptional circumstances and prioritise projects which either involved repeat/multiple performances
We cannot fund marketing/promotion of new music without also funding an element of creation or performance
*We define ‘commission’ as a music creator or group engaged by a third party to create a new piece of music.
The 2020 deadlines are:
12th February 2020
8th June 2020
5th October 2020
All applications must be submitted by 6pm on the day of the deadline.
When applying, keep in mind that we can only support activity happening after the decision date for your deadline – this will mean your activity must be at least 10 weeks after the deadline.
We will close the application forms for up to 12 weeks after each deadline for system upkeep.
We expect your project to take place within 1 year of receiving our grant.
The Open Fund for Music Creators is now a one-stage application process instead of two, this means that you will be asked to provide details about the project, how it will benefit the creators involved, the activity timeline and a balanced budget in one application form.
Having received positive feedback from a more diverse range of applicants to video-based applications we are giving Music Creator applicants the option to choose between written answers OR a video submission to decisive questions. *
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