Archives for April 2015

Funding for Artists, Bands and Creative

1. Funding for Artists & Bands (England) (correction from last week)

The PRS for Music Foundation and Arts Council England have announced that the next application deadline for the Momentum Music Fund is the 2nd June 2015. The Momentum Music Fund is a £500,000 fund to develop the careers of talented artists and bands. It is anticipated that grants of between £5,000 and £15,000 will be awarded to between 50 and 75 artists/bands over the next 2 years. Applications can be submitted by the artists themselves or those who are working on their behalf, e.g. a manager, an independent label or publisher. Priority will be given to those that haven’t been funded by PRS for Music Foundation in the previous 12 months. The funding cannot support:

  • The purchase of a van or car
  • International touring
  • Shortfall/deficit funding not linked to development of a specific artist; etc.

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2. BFI Announces Changes to the Film Festival Fund for 2015

The British Film Institute (BFI) has announced that the Film Festival Fund will no longer have deadlines and applications will now be accepted on an ongoing basis for the final two years of the programme. Now in its third year (2013-2017), the Film Festival Fund has £1 million in lottery funding to allocate in grants each year through two strands of funding.

Strand One – supports film festivals of local/regional significance or those that address a specialist theme. The funding is for audience development activity within film festivals that offer a strong cultural programme and which serve local/regional audiences or which may have a particular specialist theme enabling them to reach audiences from further across the UK. Such festivals are usually focused on audiences and do not generally attract industry delegation. New festivals can be supported under this strand as long as they demonstrate a clear cultural vision which meets a gap in provision and are based on audience analysis and need and demonstrate financial viability. This funding is available to cover the next edition of a festival only. The average award is expected to be between £5,000 and £15,000 with an upper limit of £50,000.

Strand Two – supporting film festivals of UK wide or international significance. The funding is available to support audience development activity at UK festivals that have an international or UK-wide reach and profile, enhancing opportunities for the UK film industry and internationally, as well as further increasing audience choice. New festivals will not be supported under this strand. Funding for single or multiple editions of a festival can be supported as part of this strand. The awards are anticipated to be for at least £50,000.

The grants can be used for costs relating to audience facing activities at festivals, including publicity and marketing, film hire and transport, screenings and events, staffing relating directly to the delivery of the festival, venue hire for screenings and events, office costs and overheads directly relating to the delivery of the festival, filming of the event, and other costs.

Applications can only be accepted from a properly constituted organisation:

  • Charity or Trust registered with the Charity Commission (including UK universities).
  • Community Interest Company registered at Companies House, Limited Liability Company, and Limited Liability Partnership.
  • Higher education institutes (including universities) not registered with the Charity Commission.

Full details along with the online application form can be found on the BFI website.

3. Funding for Summer Playschemes (UK)

The Hilden Charitable Fund has announced that its Summer Playscheme Grants Programme is now open for applications. The aim of the scheme is to help community groups run Summer Playschemes for the benefit of children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Some priority will be given to projects which show they are inclusive of children from refugee families, and show BME involvement. Funding of up to £1,000 is available for Summer Playschemes for children aged 5 – 18 years lasting for 2 – 6 weeks with strong volunteer support.
The funding is available to voluntary agencies with an income of less than £150,000. Some priority will be given to projects which show they are inclusive of children from refugee families, and show BME involvement.

The closing date for applications is the 14th May 2015. Read more at:

4. Funding for Schools to Purchase Musical Equipment (UK)

Schools, individual students and teachers in the UK, that wish to buy musical instruments and equipment can apply for funding of up to £2,000 through the EMI Music Sound Foundation’s Instrument and/or Equipment Awards. The Foundations has made awards to over two thousand schools, individual students and teachers improve their access to music through the buy or upgrade of musical instruments and equipment. Schools need to use the funding for music education that is beyond statutory national curriculum music teaching. The Foundation cannot fund retrospectively and schools are not eligible for financial assistance under this scheme if they have already bought their instruments or if they do so before their application has been approved. In order to apply for financial support you must complete the EMI Music Sound Foundation’s application form.

The closing date for applications is the 9th September 2015. Read more at:

5. Funding for UK-Germany World War I Projects (UK)

A new funding opportunity is available for schools and youth groups to bring young people of the UK and Germany together to facilitate an exchange of ideas, joint learning and open discussions on topics related to World War One. Open to applications from primary and secondary school teachers, trainees and youth workers, there is funding of £500 to £5,000 available for projects that have a high level of interaction between young people in the two countries, be it virtual or through a visit/exchange trip.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and your project should have a start date of at least 6 weeks ahead from when you send your application. Read more at:

6. The Radcliffe Trust – Music Grants (UK)

The Radcliffe Trust has announced that the next deadline for applications to its Music masking grants programme is the 31st August 2015. Through its grant making programme, the Radcliffe Trust supports classical music performance and training especially chamber music, composition and music education. Particular interests within music education are music for children and adults with special needs, youth orchestras and projects at secondary and higher levels, including academic research. The Trustees respond to applications and also initiate their own projects. Applicants must be a registered charity or an exempt charity.

Projects supported in the past include:

  • Friends of Musicfest Aberystwith who received £1,000 for a musicfest.
  • The National Autistic Society which received £2,000 for a music room in Glasgow.
  • The Birmingham Children’s Hospital which received £2,500 for a ‘Singing medicine’.

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7. New Building Better Opportunities Fund from Big Lottery (England)

Subject to approval from the European Commission, the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) is planning to put up to £260m of Lottery funds against a similar figure from the European Social Fund (ESF) 2014-2020 in order to support communities and people most in need across England. Projects delivering against the ‘Promoting Social Inclusion and Combating Poverty’ part of the ESF can receive funding in Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas according to local priorities, which have been set by the LEPs. This could support projects:

  • Ranging from improving employability for the most disadvantaged
  • Helping those with multiple and complex needs, to improving financial literacy.

LEP area partnerships have made provisional decisions about how much of their ESF allocation to devote to this strand of work, meaning that the amount of main funding available will vary widely across different areas. Ahead of the main funding becoming available from 2015, BIG will also offer Lottery development funding in each of the LEP areas it is working with. Read more at: