BBC Performing Arts Fund announces winners of Music Fellowship scheme

The Voice is really pleased and proud to be associated with the BBC Performing Arts Fund. There is such a strong synergy between the two as both want to get behind and promote great talent and see it prosper and reach its full potential."Mark Linsey, Controller, BBC Entertainment Commissioning
Date: 28.02.2013     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 17.59
Category: BBC North
The BBC Performing Arts Fund has awarded a total of £190,000 to 19 music organisations across the UK in order to host a bespoke placement opportunity as part of its Music Fellowship scheme.

The Fellowships range from a singer working with Urban Development in East London to an assistant conductor with English Touring Opera; from folk to pop; from Belfast to Exeter and all across the UK.

The selected organisations will host a Fellow, offering an opportunity for motivated individuals to work under the guidance of professional mentors to develop their skills, showcase their work and experience the reality of working in the music industry across a wide range of genres.

Successful organisations were able to demonstrate that a Fellowship placement with them would offer significant professional development opportunities for a Fellow, that their placement would be realistic and achievable, and that the selection process they went through to identify the Fellow was fair and transparent.

Miriam O’Keeffe, Director of the Fund, said: “We are delighted that the money raised through the phone voting on The Voice will be used to support the support the next generation of musical talent. Working with some of the most well respected arts & music organisations in the UK will not only nurture this talent, but will give the Fellows the experience and confidence to pursue their musical ambitions.”

Mark Linsey, Controller, BBC Entertainment Commissioning, said: “The Voice is really pleased and proud to be associated with the BBC Performing Arts Fund. There is such a strong synergy between the two as both want to get behind and promote great talent and see it prosper and reach its full potential.”

The 19 successful organisations and Fellows are:

Baby People – Derby []

Fellow: Ben Dew [Musician/ Producer]

Musician/Producer Ben will work with Baby J to develop producing, programming and event management skills.

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Birmingham

Fellow: James Ham [Ballet Conductor]

James will receive the unique opportunity to be mentored and trained as a ballet conductor with Birmingham Royal Ballet and its orchestra the Royal Ballet Sinfonia (Britain's busiest ballet orchestra, playing for Birmingham Royal Ballet's wide-ranging programme in the UK and abroad).

Bristol Music Trust – Bristol

Fellow: Abi Ward [Programming]

Abi is a young events manager who will be based at Colston Hall in Bristol with the fantastic opportunity to programme one of the main spaces as well as work on festivals.

CC Creative Workshops – Whitley Bay

Fellow: Jordan Riley [Producer/Songwriter]

Jordan will receive mentoring whilst working with other artists and producing his own EP. Workshop training will also be included.

Cheltenham Music Festival – Cheltenham

Fellow: Alex Wilson [Creative & facilitator]

Alex and his sextet will work with Cheltenham Music Festival to produce a new Composer Academy, featuring five days of workshops, performances and professional development sessions for early-career composers.

Drake Music – Exeter

Fellow: Bram Harrison [DJ/Musician]

DJ Eye Tech (Aka Bram) has locked-in syndrome and will be working with Drake Music to develop technologies to assist him in producing his radio show.

English Folk Dance and Song Society – London

Fellow: Maz O'Connor [Singer]

Maz (BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award Finalist 2013) will be supported by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) over the year to develop her industry profile, have access to rehearsal and performance opportunities and be part of EFDSS' showcasing programme both in the UK and abroad.

English Touring Opera - London

Fellow: Carlos del Cueto [Opera Conductor]

Carlos will be assistant conductor, receiving mentoring and support from high profile conductors and the unique opportunity to develop as a professional conductor.

Feis Rois – Scotland

Fellow: Amy Henderson [Accordionist]

Amy will be working with Feis Rois to develop a sustainable career as a traditional musician in the remote area of Northern Scotland.

Grimsby Minster – Yorkshire & The Humber

Fellow: Ben Crick [Conductor]

Ben will be musician in residence at the Minster helping develop a programme of classical music in an area that has little provision.

Haddington Pipe Band – Scotland

Fellow: Ailie Robertson [Musician/composer]

Ailie (Composer of the Year, Scottish Trad Music Awards) will work with the band to compose a new piece for pipe and drum band, a new and exciting departure for her.

Irene Taylor Trust – London

Fellow: Adrian Harrison [Singer/Songwriter]

Adrian, (AkA Fudge) will work with Irene Taylor Trust to develop his song writing and musicianship along with facilitation skills.

Making Music – Wales

Fellow: Amble Skuse [Composer]

Amble will work with various community music making organisations including choirs and schools across Wales to develop new work combining traditional, electronic and community elements.

Moving on Music Ltd – Northern Ireland

Fellow: Ryan Molloy [Composer]

Ryan will work with Moving On Music to create new works for performance by the Danish String Quartet as well as develop a new series of late evening recitals in Belfast.

National Centre for Early Music – York

Fellow: Bethany Seymour [Soprano (Early Music)]

Bethany will receive training, mentoring and performance opportunities through the Centre and the early music festivals that they run.

National Youth Choir of Scotland – Scotland

Fellow: Andrew Nunn [Choral Conductor]

Andrew (Conductor of Les Sirenes, winner of Choir of the Year 2012) will work with Christopher Bell, Artistic Director, to conduct a number of different choirs and ensembles, gaining practical and artistic experience.

Town Hall & Symphony Hall – Birmingham

Fellow: Jonathan Silk [Jazz Percussionist]

With the support of the Jazzlines team, Jonathan will develop his skills as a drummer, composer and big band leader travelling abroad to receive mentoring as well as working towards a tour at the end of the year.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra – Scotland

Fellow: Shiori Usui [Composer]

Shiori will develop her skills and experience as a composer working in community and outreach settings with SCO Connect, the Education and Outreach department of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

Urban Development – London []

Fellow: Holly Smith [Singer]

Holly will be supported in developing her career as a vocalist with recording, performance and mentoring.

Responses from winners

“Fèis Rois is delighted to be awarded funding from the BBC Performing Arts Fellowship to support recent music graduate, Amy Henderson to develop her career in the Highlands of Scotland. We often find that young people move away from the Highlands to study in the Central Belt or London and it can be a challenge to attract them back to work in rural communities. This is a fantastic opportunity for Fèis Rois to support Amy to develop her community music skills in her own home area.” - Fiona Dalgetty, Chief Executive, Fèis Rois

“Making Music is thrilled to be included in this year's BBC PAF Fellowship, and to be working with exciting young composer Amble Skuse, and Cardiff-based Ty Cerdd. Together, we're going to be producing music for groups, schools and communities throughout Wales, resulting in some amazing, ambitious and unexpected performances.” - Evan Dawson , Head of Development, Making Music

"Becoming a BBC PAF Fellow in association with Moving On Music is the most exciting development in my career to date. The opportunities that I will explore, from writing new music and curating concerts to exploring new and inspiring collaborations with other artists, would not have been possible without the support of the BBC PAF. The step from academic study to professional practice as a composer is huge, as in other creative arts; this BBC PAF Fellowship is a springboard to achieving success in the creative arts, particularly in these challenging times." - Ryan Molloy, Music Fellow, Moving On Music

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 The Voice, Fame Academy, How Do you Solve A Problem Like Maria? and Over The Rainbow).

To date the fund has allocated more than £4 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 mission is to seek out and support aspiring performing arts individuals and community groups who, for reasons of lack of existing support, personal background or circumstance, would not have been able to achieve their most ambitious goals or greatest potential without the Fund's support or intervention.