This year the BBC Performing Arts Fund will be giving £450,000 to the development of new music and new musicians through two new schemes – Community Music and Music Fellowships.
We have already funded plenty of musicians and music projects in our time. We gave money to Adele when she was just fifteen to pay for her first home recording equipment, and look where she’s ended up! Okay, so we can’t guarantee that kind of success but you never know where talent, some help, and a bit of old fashioned hard work will take you.
Launching in May, the Community Music scheme will support grassroots music groups from across the UK. Grants awarded will allow groups to carry out training, attract new audiences, encourage new members and raise their profile in their community. Groups can apply for up to £5,000 for a distinct development project. Furthermore, grants of up to £10,000 will be awarded to groups wishing to commission new music.
The Music Fellowships scheme will open for applications in August and is designed to support individuals through the early stages of their music careers; helping them to establish themselves in the industry through bespoke placements within existing music organisations. Grants will be awarded to music companies, organisations, venues and agencies in order to host a BBC Performing Arts Fund Music fellow.
As you may already know, the charity is funded through revenue from the voting lines of BBC One entertainment programmes such as Strictly Come Dancing and Over the Rainbow. This year, we are also delighted to announce that the new BBC One entertainment show The Voice will be raising money for the Fund through phone voting lines. The Voice will be looking for incredible new vocal talent from across the UK to support and nurture.
The Fund has been working with emerging talent for a number of years and hope that this funding from The Voice will allow us to continue to our work in through to 2013.
More details about both of these music schemes will be announced on our website over the coming months. You may have noticed that a lot of pages on our website are a little out of date at the moment though. We’ve been having a few technical issues but are working on getting more information on the site as soon as we can!