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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

Help Musicians UK Reopens Transmission Fund for Professional Musicians

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The Transmission Fund is designed to help professional musicians build their careers by providing grant opportunities, allowing them to focus on developing their artistic practice and furthering their professional development at a crucial point in their career.

Grants of between £500 and £1,500 are available. The money can be put towards the following:

  • Tailored development opportunities, such as workshops, artist residencies, conferences, masterclasses, writing retreats and short courses.

  • Short periods of training and mentoring with a leading professional in the field to improve creative practice or offer support and advice ahead of an important career opportunity (eg a period of touring or recording).

  • Travel, accommodation and access costs relating to the above.

UK based emerging and professional musicians of all genres and disciplines may apply. The applicant can be a solo instrumentalist, composer, producer, conductor, vocalist, singer-songwriter, etc. The funder can also support bands or ensembles with six members or fewer.

The next deadline for applications to be received is Friday 10 January 2020.


Useful documents & links

Scheme - Guidance Document

Useful Links

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 9100
    Email: [email protected]

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