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mjf to receive funding via Help Musicians UK National Grants Programme

mjf is thrilled to be one of just 20 organisations who have been awarded funding over three years through the Help Musicians UK’s new National Grants Programme – an initiative aimed at creating opportunities for and empowering musicians in their careers, UK wide.

mjf and each recipient has been selected for their exceptional work with musicians and music makers across the country—from music education and artistic development projects to centres and festivals.

Richard Robinson, Chief Executive, HMUK said: “Supporting and enabling these organisations to develop and grow reflects HMUK’s commitment to sustaining the sector and ensuring that there continues to be innovative and impactful opportunities for music makers across the UK. The combined investment of £1.7m over three years will ensure that more musicians can be reached in areas of the UK where we have had little impact in the past.”

Claire Gevaux, HMUK’s Creative Director added: “Making a change to a competitive application process has been challenging and exciting. Our independent Creative Advisory Board ensured the process was fair and transparent. We are delighted to be supporting these 20 organisations that will open doors for many more musicians over the next three years in this crucial time of uncertainty. We have been on an incredible journey over the past year creating and opening up our new funding programme for organisations which will realise our ambitions over the next five years.”

The National Grants Programme applications were assessed on a variety of criteria, including the opportunities applicants offered to musicians as well as their own impact on the sector.

Steve Mead, mjf’s Artistic Director said: “This grant will help mjf to develop a more diverse artist base across the north, from whom we’ll commission new work, addressing gaps in the sector. It will offer platforms for showcasing work-in-progress, targeted professional development at earlier stages in those artists’ careers and year-round work opportunities.  The resultant performance and engagement programme will help build confidence for participating musicians and contribute to a stronger northern music scene. We’re delighted to be one of HMUK’s selected recipients of this exciting new award.”