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MOBO Help Musicians Fund expands to £100,000

The MOBO Help Musicians Fund is expanding its offer with a £100,000 investment and package of support for artists creating music of black origin

The MOBO Help Musicians Fund, a partnership between MOBO Trust and Help Musicians, has announced an expanded support offer in Year 4 and its biggest ever investment in artists creating music of black origin.

With three successful rounds since 2017, this year’s fund grows to £100,000. MOBO and Help Musicians have also assessed the further needs of musicians and enhanced the fund in order to empower them to drive forward their businesses at a crucial time.

The 2020 fund package will offer:

  • £3,000 towards creative output
  • 1:1 business advice sessions from experienced music industry professionals
  • 1:1 health consultations with British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) professionals, covering all aspects of a musician’s health, including physical and mental health needs and specialist referrals where required

Kanya King, Founder, MOBO, said:

‘In times of trouble, we have always looked to music and our musicians to provide a sense of relief, express our feelings and emotions and to share messages of hope. In these challenging times, we could really do with some hope.

‘This is why MOBO are proud to continue our partnership with Help Musicians as we go further than ever to support our musicians as they face the uncertainty of a post-COVID-19 world and what it means to be a working artist. We stand in unity to support them.’

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

‘Help Musicians is incredibly pleased to not only continue our partnership with MOBO but also to expand the support package offered by the MOBO Help Musicians Fund into something that contributes to a musician’s personal sense of balance.

‘We believe that having access to business knowledge has a unique ability to empower artists and, when combined with the right health and wellbeing support plus the funds to create, musicians have a stronger opportunity to thrive in their careers as well as their lives.’

Full guidelines and application forms for the MOBO Help Musicians Fund will be available from 29 June 2020. For more information, please click here.