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New rounds of Transmission and Fusion funds see Help Musicians UK award 22 creators over £45,000

Help Musicians UK's Fusion Fund distributes £30,000 across 7 new projects in Wales while Transmission supports 15 music creators' career development

Help Musicians UK (HMUK) is today celebrating the latest 22 music creators who have received funding from the charity's Fusion Fund Wales and nationwide Transmission Fund – totalling over £45,000 distributed.

Seven awardees shared £30,000 in the latest round of the Fusion Fund Wales while 15 musicians received grants totalling over £15,000 for professional development under Transmission.

The Welsh round of the Fusion Fund offers £2,000 – £5,000 for professional musicians to undertake Wales-based projects that develop and test new work, ideas or potential career directions through inspiring periods of collaborative research and development. The panel look for exciting collaborations that create work across art forms, creative sectors and other disciplines. Applications must be music-focused and projects should include contributions from at least one non-music discipline, for example storytellers, lighting designers, choreographers, technologists, scientists, gaming designers, theatre directors, visual artists. This round has surfaced a new batch of incredible emerging talent in Love Ssega, Farm Hand, ALEKXANDR, Cian Ciarán, Yr Ods, Kirsten Evans and Samuel Barnes. These latest awardees of a funding programme that has toured the whole of the UK, will produce works covering themes as diverse as intimacy in the age of technology, environmental change in Wales, migration and more. The Fusion Fund will open across the country again in the new year.

The UK-wide Transmission Fund assists artists crucial point in their career by providing grants of £500 - £1,500 allowing them to focus on developing their artistic and professional development. The broad range of activities supported by the scheme in this round include creative coaching, development travel to India, Ghana and Zambia, voice training, rehearsal support and more. Of the 15 music creators awarded in this round, disciplines range from guitar to electronics, viola, drums, piano, saxophone and fall into genres as diverse as folk, jazz, world, choral, opera and experimental.

Claire Gevaux, Help Musicians UK Director of Programme, said: "The aim of the Fusion Fund was to give artists across the whole of the UK some time and space to explore their practice with other artforms or sectors. It's been exciting to see the results of such high quality collaborative work; the latest round in Wales being no exception. The Transmission Fund continues to support vital career interventions for musicians, whether that's at the beginning of a career or during a time of transition. And it's never been more important to help music creators have the chance to focus on their own professional development in an increasingly challenging landscape.  The most rewarding part of being in the Creative Programme team is to see the difference our funding, whether small or large, makes to the course of a musician's career."

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