39 recipients supported by Do It Differently Fund

HMUK Do It Differently Fund

Help Musicians UK has announced 39 new awardees in the final round of the first year of the UK charity’s Do It Differently Fund.

Supported projects include the creation of second, third and debut albums, pivotal international support slots, assistance in self-releasing singles and marketing of work.

The artists involved represent a wide spread of genres, including reggae, jazz, pop, folk, dance and more, and come from across the of the UK. All recipients, from all rounds of Do It Differently, will benefit from membership of the Featured Artist Coalition (FAC) as part of an enhanced package.

Working in partnership with BAPAM (British Association for Performing Arts Medicine), Featured Artist Coalition and ThinkMusic to champion the UK’s exceptional DIY talent, the Do It Differently Fund provides comprehensive support for independently-driven music creators. Created in response to the charity’s research into the need for holistic support among DIY artists, the fund provides each awardee up to £3,000 towards creative output, and a further £2,000 towards one-to-one business guidance and wellbeing tools.


Round 3 awardees

Alastair White, Run Logan Run, Andrew Woodhead, KIOKO, Caro C, Cortney Dixon, Dani, Elisa Imperilee, BYFYN, Quest Ensemble, Fran Lobo, Freya Roy, Grace Savage, Marici Saxes, Hannah Scott, Asthmatic Harp, yllwshrk, Walt Disco, Jasmin Kent Rodgman, Living Body, Jennifer Crook, Jeph Vanger, Jo-anne Cox, Animal Society, March, LIO, Faux Pas, Distractfold Ensemble, Magick Mountain, Lucinda Chua, 2U4U, Galaxians, Taobh Eile, Ruth Patterson, Beauty Sleep, No Oil Paintings, Simeon Walker, Talk Like Tigers.


Love Ssega, a Do It Differently round 2 awardee, said:

‘The best part of the Do It Differently Fund was the business advice element. To be able to speak to two different music industry professionals about my career and plans over a period of a couple months was invaluable. I would not have met these individuals otherwise or had access to their time.

‘It is easy to get isolated in this increasingly more DIY and ‘self-sufficient’ industry, therefore having some fresh ears to listen, look and help advise is the biggest winner and asset of this Fund, so I’m so grateful.

‘The Do It Differently Fund has also enabled me to continue to grow in 2019. In this streaming age, it is a case of ‘feeding the beast’ as music fans really want to consume music, so this has helped me keep pace without taking a step back in terms of quality.’

Claire Gevaux, Director of Programme, Help Musicians, said:

‘The Do It Differently Fund is our most applied-to funding avenue so it’s incredibly fulfilling to see that the support we provided a year ago has had such a positive impact. The level of talent applying to the fund is still consistently high and we’re excited to see how the 39 new acts announced today will develop with support across their wellbeing, business and creativity.

‘Looking ahead to 2020, we would encourage artists to keep an eye out for our various funding surgeries that will take place across the UK over the year. The sessions will offer guidance on how to apply for the Do It Differently Fund next year as well as for other funds available.’


Help Musicians wouldn’t be able to support the musicians funded through its Creative Programme or supported through its Health and Welfare service without the generous donations from fundraisers. To see how you could make a difference to the charity and the musicians it helps, visit our supporter pages here.

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