Current Funding Opportunities

Last Updated: 15 June 2022

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Please note that a significant number of opportunities are being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Whilst we will update this page regularly, all opportunities are subject to change. For up to date information, please visit the website of the organisation offering the opportunity. 


Funding Options


  • Arts Council England: National Lottery Project Grants, an open access programme for arts, museums and libraries projects. The fund supports thousands of individual artists, community and cultural organisations. (Ongoing)
  • Grand PlanOpen Grants, £1,000 (3 grants available each month), for people of colour based in the UK who want to make a new cultural project happen. (Ongoing)
  • Help MusiciansRecording and Releasing Music, apply for financial support of up to £3,000 towards recording and releasing music; and everything that goes around getting your music out there into the world. (Ongoing)
  • Help MusiciansMOBO Help Musicians Fund, apply for financial support of up to £3,000 towards recording and releasing music; and everything that goes around getting your music out there into the world. The MOBO Help Musicians Fund exists to facilitate these opportunities for musicians making Hip Hop, Grime, R&B, Soul, music of African origin, Reggae, Jazz and Gospel (Ongoing)
  • Help MusiciansDevelop Your Skills, apply for financial support of up to £1,500 to help you take advantage of opportunities that enhance your skills or artistic practice - e.g. virtual conference, online course, coaching, mentoring. (Ongoing)
  • Help MusiciansMusic Led Creative Collaboration, musicians can apply for financial support of up to £5,000 to undertake a UK-based collaboration between themselves and other non-music artists - e.g. storytellers, lighting designers, choreographers, technologists, scientists, gaming designers, theatre directors or visual artists. (Ongoing)
  • Leeds InspiredSmall Grants, apply for small grants of £100 - £1200 for arts projects (Ongoing)
  • Youth Music: The Youth Music NextGen Fund offers young creatives grants of up to £2,500 to make their ideas happen. (Ongoing)
  • Ad:venture: The Price's Trust Explore Enterprise programme provides support and funding for setting up your own buiness (Ongoing)

Need a review or some assistance with a funding application? Email and we will try to help!

Postgraduate Funding Options
  • Yorkshire Ladies Council of Education: YLCE Awards. Female postgraduate students who are eligible to pay Home fees can apply for an award directly to this local charity to help with study costs. Applications are assessed in September, March and June. Completed forms must be received by the first day of the relevant month.
Commissions, Awards and Call-Outs
  • Petrichor Records: 2022 Petrichor International Music Competition. The second annual Petrichor International Music Competition is now open for submissions. This annual musical performance and composition contest provides support, inspiration, and exposure to composers, instrumentalists, singers, ensembles, and orchestras from around the world. Submit your application for over $60,000 value in prizes! (Submission Deadline 20 June)
  • Generator North EastRelease Yourself. A programme designed to guide artists through the process of releasing music (Ongoing)
  • Jeunesses Musicales International (JMI): Unpaid Internships in Brussels. JMI is the world’s largest youth-music non-profit organisation with members in over 70 countries worldwide. To manage and run all these activities and projects, every year, JMI offers exciting internships within its many different programs and departments. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and positions are being filled in for any time during the year. (Ongoing)
Seminars, Events and Informal Training
  • Generator North East: Release Yourself, a programme designed to guide artists through the process of releasing music (Ongoing)
COVID-19 Support
  • Help Musicians: COVID Financial Hardship Fund, provides financial support to professional musicians who are experiencing financial difficulty due to COVID-19 (Ongoing)

For the latest updates on funds designed to support musicians during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit the following website by Help Musicians: Corona Advice for Musicians.

Alternatively, the ISM (Incorporated Society of Musicians) has set up a COVID-19 advice hub for musicians, which contains free guidance on all aspects of the situation, from finances and work to staying healthy and succeeding online. Discover how to make money from livestreaming, explore their list of remote learning resources, read up on online safeguarding, and much more. Access the advice hub.

Festival Opportunities
  • Long Division Festival: Long Division Festival, Applications are now open to be involved in Long Division Festival 2022 and a range of other activities they will be presenting in 2022. The festival takes place in Wakefield on 11 June 2022, with a few fringe events on dates either side as well as a series of monthly gigs leading up to the festival weekend. (Ongoing)
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