Help Musicians UK has joined with the newly-established charity MOBO Trust on a new funding programme for emerging artists.
The first round of acts to benefit from the MOBO Help Musicians Fund will share a fund of more than £20,000 to help realise their musical ambitions.
The up-and-coming artists have each been awarded up to £2,000 to support their career and creative development, including vocal coaching, support for live performance and touring, video production, recording studio access, PR, marketing and promotion.
Claire Gevaux, creative director at Help Musicians UK, said: “This award is an exciting new development for the creative [rogramme at Help Musicians UK and we’re delighted the first round has been so successful. It’s been fantastic to work with the MOBO Trust to develop this award, and we’re delighted to be investing even more money into two funding rounds next year. We hope that through this increased investment, we’ll be able to help even more emerging artists realise their career aspirations.”
Kanya King, founder and CEO, MOBO, said: “This has been an exciting first initiative for the MOBO Trust. Partnering with Help Musicians UK in this first round of MOBO Help Musicians, we are overwhelmed by the quality and range of emerging talent out there. MOBO Trust is keen to celebrate exceptional talent especially in support of those who endeavour to follow paths in genres often overlooked by the commercial heartland. We are excited to see the progression of these aspiring creatives over the next year and look forward to seeing what talent comes forward in the next rounds.”
The successful 11 artists are:
Michelle O Faith