Current Funding Opportunities

Last Updated: 29 July 2021

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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. 


Upcoming Funding Deadlines


  • PRS Foundation: The International Showcase Fund (ISF), offers vital export support for UK-based artists, bands, songwriters and producers who have been invited to perform or create new music at international showcasing festivals or conferences. (31 Dec, 2021)
  • Creative Scotland: Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development, aims to enable individuals and organisations to explore ways of working that will help them to adapt and respond to the current changing circumstances. Funding is available for between £1,000 and £100,000. (31 Dec, 2021)
  • The Royal Philharmonic Society: Study Abroad: RPS Julius Isserlis Scholarship. This year, the RPS Julius Isserlis Scholarship expects to offer a total of £30,000 to young instrumentalists to study abroad for up to two years. This will be split between a number of musicians, as decided by the panel. Typical grants can range from as little as £500 up to £10,000. This opportunity is open to all classical instrumentalists of any nationality between the ages of 15 and 25, who are permanently resident in the UK. (01 Feb, 2022)


  • Arts Council England: Project Grants, £1,000 - £100,000: the fund will prioritise independent organisations, creative practitioners and freelancers until August 2021. There have been some changes since previous iterations of this funding. Find out more here (Ongoing)
  • Grand Plan: Open Grants, £1,000 (3 grants available each month), for people of colour based in the UK who want to make a new creative project (Ongoing)
  • Help Musicians: Do It Differently Fund, apply for financial support of up to £3,000 towards recording and releasing music; helping to build creative portfolios and get music out into the world (Ongoing)
  • Help Musicians: MOBO Help Musicians Fund, apply for financial support of up to £3,000 towards recording and releasing music; helping to build creative portfolios and get music out into the world. The MOBO Fund exists to facilitate these opportunities for musicians making Hip Hop, Grime, Soul, music of African origin, Reggae, Jazz and Gospel (Ongoing)
  • Help Musicians: Transmission Fund, 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, masterclasses (Ongoing)
  • Help Musicians: Fusion Fund, musicians can apply for financial support of up to £5,000 to undertake a UK-based collaboration between themselves and another non-music artist - e.g. storytellers, lighting designers, choreographers, technologists, scientists, gaming designers (Ongoing)
  • Leeds Inspired: Small Grants, apply for small grants of £100 - £1200 for creative projects (Ongoing)
  • The Cooper Collection: Albert Cooper Music Charitable Trust provides funds for tuition, help towards the purchase of an instrument, some living expenses incurred whilst in full time or postgraduate education/studies at a recognised music college/university in the U.K. Supports students from 18-21 years of age. (Ongoing)
  • Youth Music: The Youth Music NextGen Fund offers young creatives grants of up to £2,500 to make their ideas happen. (Ongoing)
  • Girls I Rate: #GIRAMY provides support and funding for Black women aged 16-30 in music and the creative sector. (Ongoing)

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

Postgraduate Funding Options

Most deadlines for the academic year 2021/22 have now passed.

Check back here for details on 2022/23 entry at a later date. 

Commissions, Awards and Call-Outs
  • Generator North East: Release Yourself, a programme designed to guide artists through the process of releasing music (Ongoing)
Seminars, Events and Informal Training
  • NEKO Music: NEKO 18, a free training programme offering industry support and training for those working in the music industry (1 Sept - 7 Nov)
COVID-19 Support
  • Musicians' UnionHardship Fund: grants of up to £200 for MU members who are suffering from loss of income due to the coronavirus pandemic (ongoing)
  • 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.

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