Grants for BAME Music Makers in Coronavirus Lockdown

Friday, 1 May, 2020

Opera North Projects, part of the national opera company for the north of England, has launched ‘Resonance: The Lockdown Edition’ – a scheme to support UK-based music-makers exploring new ideas and collaborating with other artists under the current, uniquely challenging circumstances.

As part of a drive to address the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on artists and the making of music, the funder wants to hear from professional UK-based music creators from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, working in any genre.

As movement and work are restricted, there is an opportunity to collaborate in new ways and explore ideas that might not normally be possible because of time and availability. This might include working with another musician or exploring new musical styles and skills.

Five successful lead artists will each receive a grant of up to £800 to cover fees for themselves and collaborator/s for 2-2.5 days’ work, and small equipment purchases. Project management and support to access other resources, funding and assistance will be provided to underpin the work and enable development to continue following participation in the programme.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate why this opportunity will enhance their professional practice or enable them to pursue a new creative idea. All projects must be achievable under current social distancing and travel regulations.

Applicants must be UK-based professional composers or music-creators from a BAME background, aged 18 or over who are not in full-time education.

The deadline for applications to be received is Friday 8 May 2020 (10:00 BST).

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