BBC Performing Arts Fund calls for applications for Music Fellowship scheme

Date: 27.07.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 17.59
Category: Corporate
The BBC Performing Arts Fund will be opening applications for their Music Fellowship scheme in August; the second and final phase of their 2012 Music Funding initiative which will see the Fund awarding a total of £450,000 to the industry.

Committed to supporting and promoting new performing arts talent across the UK, the BBC Performing Arts Fund has awarded over £3.8 million in the past 9 years. Over the past year, the charity has received funds from BBC One show The Voice through the public phone vote.

The Music Fellowship is designed to support individuals through the early stages of their music careers, helping to establish themselves in the professional world through bespoke placements within existing music organisations.

Music organisations from across the UK can apply for one of 20 grants of £10,000 each to host a Fellow. The organisations will provide a specifically tailored and mentored experience for their Fellow, providing access to their facilities, training and audiences.

Miriam O’Keeffe, Director of the BBC Performing Arts Fund, said ‘The BBC has a long history of discovering and supporting new talent. This year we are looking to help organisations to support the next generation of musicians, composers, conductors, songwriters, producers and emerging talent, providing real opportunities to develop their careers.’

Applications for the Music Fellowships will open on 13th August at 10am.

For more information about the BBC Performing Arts Fund, visit


Notes to Editors

The BBC Performing Arts Fund is a registered charity, number 1101276.

The charity (formerly Fame Academy Bursary Trust) was set up in 2003 within the BBC. The Fund receives revenue from the voting lines of BBC One entertainment programmes that seek to find new performing talent (including Fame Academy, How Do you Solve A Problem Like Maria? and Over the Rainbow).

To date the Fund has allocated over £3.8 million to talented performing arts individuals and community groups, as well as offering mentoring and advice to help them achieve their goals.

The Fund’s vision is that long-term careers in the performing arts can be achievable and that community groups – given sufficient support and guidance – have a key role to play in the development of new talent.