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Open 4 Business Portal

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To support our businesses during the current COVID-19 crisis, and into the recovery phase, Carlisle City Council is providing free access to Open 4 Business. Open4Business is designed to support businesses locate relevant up to date funding opportunities.

The portal is updated regularly with new local, regional and national funding announcements and can be easily searched by businesses on the basis of their industry, region and business size. The portal then provides information on how to apply for funding and contact funders directly. To search for grants for your business you will first need to register on the Open4Business website


Grants and Funding News

Fusion Fund for Professional Musicians to Develop and Test New Work - New Round Open

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Financial support is available for professional musicians to undertake projects that develop and test new work, ideas or potential career directions.

Help Musicians UK (HMUK) operates the Fusion Fund, providing financial support for professional musicians to undertake projects that develop and test new work, ideas or potential career directions through inspiring periods of collaborative research and development.

HMUK is looking for 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 etc. The funder is also interested in seeing applications that consider ‘unusual and extraordinary spaces’ to show work to new audiences.

The Fusion Fund can award between £2,000 and £5,000 per application. Within the application, applicants may include costs for the following:

  • Venue and rehearsal space costs

  • Recording costs (live or documentation)

  • Travel costs

  • Access costs

  • Accommodation costs

  • Subsistence

  • Fees for musicians, artists or collaborators time to allow for the project to happen

  • Any other reasonable costs associated with the project

The fund is open to UK-based professional and emerging professional musicians of all genres and disciplines. The applicant can be a solo instrumentalist, conductor, composer, vocalist, singer songwriter or a multidisciplinary artist. HMUK can also support bands or ensembles with six members or fewer.

There are to be three rounds in 2019. The next deadline to submit an application is 11 March 2019.

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Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Enquiries
    Help Musicians UK
    7 - 11 Britannia Street
    WC1X 9JS
    Tel: 020 7239 9119
    Email: [email protected]

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